El Bruto (The Brute) (1953)




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A Bunuel melodrama about a man conned into harassing tenants that his boss wants evicted. Other complications along the line are his seduction by the boss's mistress and his falling in love with a girl whose father he has accidentally murdered. ~ Tana Hobart, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Pedro Armendáriz
as Pedro el Bruto
Katy Jurado
as Paloma
Andrés Soler
as Don Andres Cabrea
Rosita Arenas
as Michette
Roberto Meyer
as Carmelo Gonzales
Beatriz Ramos
as Dona Marta
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Critic Reviews for El Bruto (The Brute)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Bunuel, for the first time in his life, was busy earning a decent living by turning out popular comedies and melodramas for Latin American audiences and, occasionally, making films of real distinction. El Bruto is not one of these.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

a Frankenstein variant as the title character is physically as strong as the cattle he slaughters, yet the gentle soul remains vulnerable to the charms of women

Full Review… | February 25, 2008
Old School Reviews

[A] rambunctious, entertaining film.

Full Review… | November 29, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

No excerpt available.

July 6, 2005

No excerpt available.

March 4, 2004
Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)

Disturbing Bunuel film.

August 13, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for El Bruto (The Brute)

Not a very Buñuellian film, but not bad. It touches lightly on some of his pet themes -- male brutality, femmes fatale, class warfare -- but it's pretty simplistic.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

El Bruto offers relatively few Bunuelian touches. Like Gran Casino, he's tied to standard melodrama. The slaughterhouse sequences and the interactions with the two female leads contain their fair share of his humor, but for whatever reason, he wasn't able to push things as far as many of his other Mexican efforts. It's worth a look for devotees, but anyone else is best starting elsewhere.

Richard Stracke
Richard Stracke

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