The Young One (1960)
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Critic Reviews for The Young One
[The film] is full of poetic asides and unexpected developments, revealing Bunuel's dark, philosophical wit at its most personal.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Young One
Zachary Scott and Bernie Hamilton give great performances in this beautifully authentic look at the pre-Civil Rights South. The film never rings a false note in telling this raw story of sexual tension and racial hatred.
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!
An English-language film by Bunuel, much better than his Robinson Crusoe. The explorations of innocence and racial issues and corruption were very compelling, and there were a number of Bunuel touches to keep things lively. However, the theme of redemption rang hollow. Not that the movie necessarily needed to end on a dark note, it just could have been handled more convincingly.
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