Los Olvidados (The Young And The Damned) (1950)

LUIS BUNUEL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

Mexico, 1950.  Screenplay by , Luis Bunuel.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  Cannes Film Festival 1951.

Luis Bunuel’s first internationally acclaimed film was this brilliant story about street kids in the slums of Mexico. A huge cast of young boys showcase believably natural performances as the misfits of the title, though the story mainly centres around a petty thief who tries to live a straight life but is dragged down by the social odds against him. Of course, because it’s Bunuel, it doesn’t mire itself in gritty realism, instead incorporating dream sequences and humour to make the reality come across even more vividly.

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