A surrealistic documentary portrait of the region of Las Hurdes, a remote region of Spain where civilisation has barely developed, showing how the local peasants try to survive without even the most basic utilities and skills.
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Even disguised as a documentary, Buñuel's influence is clearly discernible. The jabs at religion and the government are no strangers to Buñuel's films. Everything (music, narration, mood, and even subject matter) is presented in the most serious way one can a documentary, and yet becomes absurd often without losing any of the solemnity.
Bunuel's got balls. It seems like a critic of the late silent documentary, plus it has great social values, showing us that a documentary should not embellish misery, but should provoke us and move the world.
Many years ago I thought this was a real documentary, but it is really a critique of the arrogance of documentary form, the hubris of religion, and a slap in the face of Fascist Spain. 'Nanook' is about "the nobility of man", this is his ignobility. Listen to the language. Everything is degraded to the point that it is laughable. Originally, it was narrated live like a slide show. Bunuel the 'voice of god'. Imagine!
Es un reclamo a los pueblos en miseria por unificarse y vencer los poderes de los gobiernos represores. En este caso una critica al fascismo que hace eco en la actualidad con los prósperos gobiernos que tienen gente en la miseria, esta clase de miseria que Buñuel muestra tan sórdida.
A fascinating, brutal but seemingly satirical look into poverty in a small village in Spain. The fact that Buñuel directed this short travelogue gives it a feeling of surrealism. It is absurd while being pretty rough. "Voici un autre vieux crétin"