The Young One (1960)
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Luis Bu˝uel and Hugo Butler (under the pseudonym "H.B. Addis") adapted Peter Matthiessen's story Travelin' Man for this drama about a black jazz musician, on the run from a false accusation of raping a white woman. Miller (Zachary Scott) is a middle aged handyman on a small island off the southeastern coast. His neighbors are a 13-year-old girl and her grandfather. After her grandfather dies, Miller looks after the young girl, and they are the only two on the island until the arrival of Traver (Bernie Hamilton), a black man fleeing a lynch mob that suspects him of rape. In Miller's absence, Traver gives the girl money for supplies and a gun. Returning to the island, Miller tries to kill Traver until he realizes no harm has come to the girl and Traver is allowed to escape when Miller is convinced of his innocence. Miller then announces his intentions to marry the girl and save her from some meddling church officials who wish to take her away. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Young One
It gets under the skin of these characters, but offers little relief.
Zachary Scott and Bernie Hamilton star as deadly adversaries on an island hell in Luis Bunuel's The Young One, a rarely shown English-language gem about racism and pedophilia.
Poets have said that eyes are the windows to the soul, but Luis Bu˝uel believed that our legs and feet revealed more about us than any other parts of our bodies.
provokes more discussions about life's existential problems than more conventionally moralistic filmmakers
[The film] is full of poetic asides and unexpected developments, revealing Bunuel's dark, philosophical wit at its most personal.
Audience Reviews for The Young One
Bunuel in English! Wish the film was better. Bunuel's hallmarks are not all that visible beyond a taboo pedophilia element, and neither that nor the racism theme are treated with any notable degree of insight. Furthermore, Bernie Hamilton's jazzy character is saddled with some "I don't dig you cats"-like lingo which comes off rather stale and dated.
I haven't seen every Bunuel film (yet?), but I suspect this is the only one which might remind anyone of Russ Meyer!
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