Much more of an adventure movie than a satire, but it's still essentially a Buñuel film, with its critique of the rule of military power and money, and some mean remarks towards the Church. The really good cast, pretty colours and generally pleasant cinematography are also note-worthy.
Much as you might expect from Bunuel, there isn't a lot of love lavished on the characters in this picture. It's a bit grueling having to endure the brutality with which everyone treats the others, and the vaguely nihilistic tendencies that Bunuel often brought to his pictures. If not hopeless, certainly it's not hopeful.
Liked it. Don't know why though. Felt average. The jungle scenes stood out for me. Reminded me A LOT of Werner Herzog's "Aguirre, the Wrath of God". I am more curious to see what else Luis Bunuel has directed. I like his style, wasn't entertaint by the story or the aesthetics though. The themes were interesting.
“Death in the Garden” feels like two films: the first part is a socially aware semi-realist depiction of a community rising against oppressive military government, the second part a symbolic and metaphorical descent into a jungle representing the natural forces both inside and outside the human mind, and the man’s struggle against both of them. Personally I found the second part stronger and more rewarding.
An adventure with plenty of "hidden" undertones touching upon colonialism, society, religion, church, justice - among some other things... I truly enjoyed the location and set details, the old colonial buildings in the jungle, on the verge of civilisation. The story is rather underwhelming and the characters oversimplified cartoon cutouts. The ingredients are interesting, but the way they connect doesn't work for me.
A good movie. Not great, but certainly a good Bunuel movie. Following the progression with several Biblical references, I thought the ending would be with only the innocent surviving but Bunuel provides a twist with the interpretation that the guide / ‘father’ of the innocent to be also protected from the ‘wrath’ of justice. Thoughtful. Satisfying as an adventure too.
Quite often Buñuel's movies offer many details and layers of meaning. In this case, a whole forest of hidden symbols. Many scenes acquire a entirely new value if isolated from the context, but this comes at the cost of the internal coherence of the movie which appeared to me original but not organic.
A film I love because Luis Buñuel, under the cover of an adventure movie, tells us a lot of things. Biblical references are multiple of course but they're deflected in front of Buñuel's camera. We'll never know for instance whether Simone - Marie-Madeleine - Signoret would have made an act of contrition after all. Masterpiece.
"In-a-gadda-da-vida, honey..." From a cast of hundreds at the start to only two at the end. Interesting how the two younger, 'wilder', less calculating characters end up surviving. The film plays on a well-worn theme of the jungle as a place where the rules of 'civilization' no longer apply, and where outlaws (experienced in surviving outside of civilization) thrive. A routine story told by an extraordinary director.