Amid a revolution in a South American mining outpost, a band of fugitives – a roguish adventurer, a local prostitute, a priest, an aging diamond miner, and his deaf-mute daughter – are forced to flee for their lives into the jungle.
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A film I love because Luis Buñuel, under the cover of an adventure movie, tells us a lot of things. Biblical references are multiple of course but they're deflected in front of Buñuel's camera. We'll never know for instance whether Simone - Marie-Madeleine - Signoret would have made an act of contrition after all. Masterpiece.
An overlooked Bunuel film that's a masterpiece just like all his other films. Economical in its pacing, surreal, beautifully shot, and marxist as fuck. Bunuel could make a genre film as well as anyone else.
Love what the New York Times had to say about this: "Death in the Garden is full of marvelous, uniquely Buñuelian moments set in a melodramatic custard". I had my doubts going in but was convinced by the end...ranks amongst Bunuel's best.
Somewhat a distant aunt of "Twilight of the Ice Nymphs" - at least the great ending is similar. But in "Twilight" the final scene feels like a consolation prize, in this case, it's the icing on the cake.