Los Olvidados (The Young and the Damned) (1950)
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The winner of two Cannes Film Festival awards, Luis Buñuel's Los Olvidados (aka The Forgotten Ones and The Young and the Damned) was the director's first international box-office success. Yet Buñuel showed no signs of curbing the outrageous iconoclasm that made him famous in Europe and South America; one of the more lasting images of the film is the clash-of-cultures shot of a glistening new skyscraper rising above the squalid slums of Mexico City. The story concerns a gang of juvenile
Mar 24, 1952 Wide
Arthur Mayer-Edward Kingsley I
Marta Pedro's mother
Don Carrnelo the blind ...
Alma Delia Fuentes
Meche the young girl
Farm School Director
The Lost Boy
Jorge Perez Solano
It's a masterpiece that tangles individual and social ills into a knot, which, as we're warned in an opening voiceover, it offers no easy way to untie, rousing a sickening sense of injustice.
The film that Buñuel said reinvigorated his career, and indeed, its love of his young characters and his energetic, grassroots direction imbues it with a seemingly youthful vigor, even though Buñuel was 50 when he made it.
Buñuel's apparent lack of compassion for his juvenile delinquents is what finally makes the film an unusually powerful social document and a disturbing piece of drama.
Bunuel's chronicle of juvenile delinquents in Mexico is one of the first and best features about this issue.
The mean older sibling of every hell-is-for-children shocker from Pixote to Kids and Ratcatcher.
In [Bunuel's] vigorous storytelling, he not only finds forceful images in the drama's reality, but adds a dream sequence - a miniature masterpiece that, by itself, is reason enough to see the film.
Casts an unblinking gaze on the wretched lives of amoral Mexico City slum kids without sentiment or preaching.
This is grim reality, and social realism is not precisely Buñuel's forte; it is the poetic departure from this reality that makes Los Olvidados so riveting.
A hugely influential film, foreshadowing the likes of A Clockwork Orange and Kids, and its matter-of-fact brilliance continues to astonish.
Bunuel's superb and uncompromising portrait of the the debasement of humanity in certain situations retains all of its original power.
The brilliantly acrimonious film is about connecting poverty with juvenile street crime.
It's a heartbreaking, compulsively watchable work, and more truthful even than the Italian Neorealist work of the same period.
Masterfully moving and as relevant (or more) today as over half a century ago.
A sterling initiation to the director's unique, devastating combination of clear-eyed realism and left-field Freudian imagery.
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