Full of offbeat images and symbolism, Buñuel mixes realism and surrealism in what is not only one of his most powerful films but also one of the greatest and most heart-wrenching films about poverty and childhood.
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Bunuel becomes a pioneer on the obscurities of youth counter culture through the eye of the urban and social standpoint.
This beautifully depicts the forgotten and yet so tiny world of teenage rebellion.
Arguably the best film to emerge from the wave of post-war realism...I prefer it to anything I've seen from the Italians at the time. This makes it strange that it comes from one of cinema's most famous surrealists, or maybe not strange at all—it's great because it knows that dreams and irony are a big part of reality. One of Bunuel's best, and it adds a thrilling context to some of his more explicitly arty films.
Buñuel's first great film of his Mexican period, depicts the lives of street kids in DF, centering on Pedro (Alfonso Mejía) and El Jaibo (Roberto Cobo,) a member and the leader, respectively, of a gang of petty thieves. Pedro witnesses El Jaibo's murder of another boy and is falsely implicated in this and other crimes. It ends with Pedro's murder and the unwanted boy's corpse thrown down a trash strewn embankment.
This has definitely become my favourite film by Buñuel. it's odd how much it resembles Italian neorealist films (Buñuel being famous for his surrealism) but it's definitely one of the harshest comments in the decade about poverty, marginality and their consequences. It's also interesting to see a film that reflects the Latin American situation at the time.
Bunuel's masterpiece is possibly the best urban crime film ever, a devastating and graphic depiction of poverty and juvenile delinquency in Mexico City. Peppered with the director's signature dream sequences, this is one of the most unforgettable, influential, and under-seen films of all time.