No Los Olvidados, no 400 Blows. So many award winners progress by taking aspects from films that the award conventions (they are popularity elections always run by decided on by a bougie jury pool) happened to be unaware of so what they bring is championed as unprecedented, and visionary. Bunuel would most likely laugh.
A masterpiece & one of the best films ever made about adolescence as well as poverty. A brutal film about being misunderstood, battling authority, being wrongly accused, & struggling to survive day by day when one has nothing. And Bunuel's anarchist view of the institutions that restrict people is ever present here, even without his usual surrealist cover. It's crazy to think about how many films steal from this one.
Nobody could capture human behavior quite like Bunuel and with this film he echoes some of the best work from De Sica and Rossellini while at the same time surpassing them with a film so harsh and real that it forces you to open your eyes to the misery of others and the things we have to do to survive on the mean and ruthless streets of life.
Leaving aside the 'classic masterpiece'/etc talk: a rough, realistic, humanistic and ethnographic depiction of life in the favelas of Mexico city. Great! Yet, I've found the use of music a bit exorbitant - and all this symbolism not really necessary -> such traits are congenital to a whole era of course, but I was born 30 years later so I don't really have to comply with them..