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Land Without Bread (1933)
"Las Hurdes" (original title)

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A surrealistic documentary portrait of the region of Las Hurdes, a remote region of Spain where civilisation has barely developed, showing how the local peasants try to survive without even the most basic utilities and skills.

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Today the region of Las Hurdes is fairly developed and is considered as one of the leading areas for rural tourism in Spain. Green mountains, lots of rivers and natural swimming pools, great food and friendly people, make Las Hurdes an excellent natural spot to visit. Written by Rubén Gundín

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December 1933 (Spain)  »

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As Hurdes: Terra Sem Pão  »

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Luis Buñuel was not above slaughtering several animals to deliver his message; he ordered the ailing donkey to be spread with honey so he could film it being stung to death by bees. Nor was the mountain goat falling off the mountain an accident, shot by Buñuel's crew for the desired sequence. See more »

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Not exactly a documentary.
7 March 1999 | by (Oregon) – See all my reviews

Las Hurdes is one of the most disturbing, and most hilarious, films ever, and was so far ahead of its time that modern flirtations with the absurd and with black comedy pale in comparison. Ostensibly a documentary, it gradually betrays its subversiveness and we understand that it is a manufactured reality. In a memorably cruel moment, a goat tumbles off the side of a steep slope it is climbing after the narrator describes the precariousness of its climb. The puff of smoke that appears in frame just before the goat falls tells us that the goat had some help from the film crew in falling off the cliff. This film is brilliant and depraved and will either have you laughing hysterically or feeling rather upset, or possibly both.


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