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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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.
For some reason I just wasn't that engaged at the beginning of this movie! I definitely got more and more involved as the film went on, and the ending was very brutal and amazing. The dream sequence was perfect and so was the mugging of the blind man. I feel if Buñuel was able to add the surreal imagery and madness he had wanted to, then this film could have been a masterpiece.