Les Hurdes (Land Without Bread) Reviews

  • Jan 15, 2018

    1001 movies to see before you die. A short and powerful film. It made me want to revisit and see how much it has changed.

    1001 movies to see before you die. A short and powerful film. It made me want to revisit and see how much it has changed.

  • Jan 03, 2018

    a documentary about the poverty in a small Spanish village.

    a documentary about the poverty in a small Spanish village.

  • Aug 17, 2015

    A classic documentary from surrealist filmmaker Luis Bunuel, that is disturbing and highly interesting, although it feels a bit longer than a 30 minute film should...

    A classic documentary from surrealist filmmaker Luis Bunuel, that is disturbing and highly interesting, although it feels a bit longer than a 30 minute film should...

  • Jul 06, 2015

    74 [Luis Buñuel] [D]

    74 [Luis Buñuel] [D]

  • Jul 16, 2014

    Luis Bunuel's background in surrealism actually proved resourceful for documentary films. This look at an impoverished Spanish village is unsettling even by today's standards.

    Luis Bunuel's background in surrealism actually proved resourceful for documentary films. This look at an impoverished Spanish village is unsettling even by today's standards.

  • Jun 07, 2014

    Land Without Bread is a short documentary showing a small poverty stricken town in Spain. What's nice about this is that it's a new take on what you are normally shown. You often see the poverty side through the years of your own country, and this short gives you the chance to view this in another culture. There is no sound other than a voice-over describing what is happening on the screen. Whilst hearing the sounds and voices would have been nice, without it makes you pay extra attention to some of the astonishing scenes on show. This is not a documentary showing those suffering but rather how the small community manages to live a normal life with so little. It is extraordinary hearing about how they handle burials. Whilst the filmmakers describe it as a documentary, some viewers will argue it to be the first ever parody of a documentary. It is easy to see where they are coming from. Some shots are clearly set up including an amusing multi-angle shot of a goat falling down a cliff. The narrator also comes out with lines which are not entirely serious. Whether you find it amusing or distressing, Land Without Bread manages to keep your attention the entire half an hour.

    Land Without Bread is a short documentary showing a small poverty stricken town in Spain. What's nice about this is that it's a new take on what you are normally shown. You often see the poverty side through the years of your own country, and this short gives you the chance to view this in another culture. There is no sound other than a voice-over describing what is happening on the screen. Whilst hearing the sounds and voices would have been nice, without it makes you pay extra attention to some of the astonishing scenes on show. This is not a documentary showing those suffering but rather how the small community manages to live a normal life with so little. It is extraordinary hearing about how they handle burials. Whilst the filmmakers describe it as a documentary, some viewers will argue it to be the first ever parody of a documentary. It is easy to see where they are coming from. Some shots are clearly set up including an amusing multi-angle shot of a goat falling down a cliff. The narrator also comes out with lines which are not entirely serious. Whether you find it amusing or distressing, Land Without Bread manages to keep your attention the entire half an hour.

  • Feb 01, 2013

    Would never watch it again but it's short and has a few intriguing moments.

    Would never watch it again but it's short and has a few intriguing moments.

  • Dec 29, 2012

    A short documentary about the misery in a remote region in Spain.

    A short documentary about the misery in a remote region in Spain.

  • Dec 05, 2012

    Les Hurdes 1933 es un documental con voz en off que relata la vida en las Hurdes, en España. Muy fuerte en imágenes y situaciones. Alguna vez Buñuel dijo que este trabajo lo filmó a base de puros Short Ends que tenía guardados.

    Les Hurdes 1933 es un documental con voz en off que relata la vida en las Hurdes, en España. Muy fuerte en imágenes y situaciones. Alguna vez Buñuel dijo que este trabajo lo filmó a base de puros Short Ends que tenía guardados.

  • Nov 09, 2012

    I really start to become a film snob... Why I'm bringing this up? Well, I just watched a black and white documentary short by great avantgardist Luis Bunuel - in French - without subtitles - in a theater. Terre sans Pain runs for only about half an hour and its main subject, a grinding poor mountain region in Spain seems not very interesting, but this is a very fine example of what's the essential skill that made Bunuel a star. TSP is told without any compromise, it starts with this strange and macabre rite in L'Alberca that has newlyweds snap off rooster heads up to the examination of the various types of incest-related malformations in Las Hurdes. I wouldn't call it surrealistic or even avant-garde, it's pretty straight-forward but you can clearly see Bunuel talent in finding the exact right look for every frame he's filming and the objective and calm tone of the narrator is in stark contrast to the pictures and the pretty leftist messages he conveys. Visually stunning (well, maybe stunning is not the right word, rather perfectly framed), gory (sounds like fun, doesn't it) and surprisingly emotionally deep, Terre sans Pain is another point of favour for Bunuel.

    I really start to become a film snob... Why I'm bringing this up? Well, I just watched a black and white documentary short by great avantgardist Luis Bunuel - in French - without subtitles - in a theater. Terre sans Pain runs for only about half an hour and its main subject, a grinding poor mountain region in Spain seems not very interesting, but this is a very fine example of what's the essential skill that made Bunuel a star. TSP is told without any compromise, it starts with this strange and macabre rite in L'Alberca that has newlyweds snap off rooster heads up to the examination of the various types of incest-related malformations in Las Hurdes. I wouldn't call it surrealistic or even avant-garde, it's pretty straight-forward but you can clearly see Bunuel talent in finding the exact right look for every frame he's filming and the objective and calm tone of the narrator is in stark contrast to the pictures and the pretty leftist messages he conveys. Visually stunning (well, maybe stunning is not the right word, rather perfectly framed), gory (sounds like fun, doesn't it) and surprisingly emotionally deep, Terre sans Pain is another point of favour for Bunuel.