Entre pittoresque tableau social d'un quartier indigent de la grande mégalopole mexicaine et sympathique description quasi clinique de l'éternel confusion des sentiments, à travers l'exposition d'un amour naissant qui humanise et rend doux (Pedro et Meche) et d'un amour possessif et jaloux qui rend fou (Palomita et Pedro) cette oeuvre rare et bienvenue, qui fut réalisée en seulement dix-huit jours. www.cinefiches.com
Was disappointed to realise that I wasn't going to be blown away by Luis this time - just a run-of-mill drama. How wrong I was... 'El Bruto' is the embodiment of the struggle between the rich and the poor, a struggle that seemingly cannot be reconciled. This should go down as a timeless classic.
"The Brute" is a minor Luis Bunuel film,from his Mexican period.However,it's still a film by a major director,thats worth checking out. A blending of social issue's, film noir and melodrama. It's the story of a simple minded slaughterhouse worker,who is taken advantage of,by a devious landowner and the landowners femme fatale of a wife. A mixture of sexual passion and gentle love.makes for an interesting minor work.
Like many of the great director's Mexican films, El Bruto feels compromised by the commercial milieu in which he was forced to operate. But Buñuel devotees may get the most from this film, finding beneath the bombast of sentiment and lurid melodrama a characteristically savage satire on both rich and poor, a cool fascination with cruelty and suffering and some masterful imaginative touches.
In his best he begins with beating me to shards, then, when I'm vulnerable, he grabs a hold of me by the throat and lets the merciless blaze of his "stare" permeate my blood and soul... The most muscular filmmaker, but no "brute". Bunuel knows exactly when and where to use force.
Fatal love triangle quite unrecognisable as a Bunuel's film, one wonders why he bothered at all. The ground-breaking creativity is missing, the establishment critique is weak, it is certainly not an avant-garde experiment but a minor piece in an overwhelming repertoire.
melodrama with a bunuel touch + injected with a noirish energy scathing attack on the rich, altho no one comes off looking very good; except maybe "innocent virgin" lolz the old man in this is so funny strangling of chicken and scenes in the meat factory are real good too. a lot of its power comes from its simplicity
It's interesting to see how dynamic the portability of noir can be, as Buñuel's social drama, whether intentional or not, is constructed in and substantiated by an affectation of its mode, from the femme fatale to the destruction of the guileless brute. A rather categorical study of consequences, though, from a director whose strength is not in assurances.