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Los Olvidados (1950)

Los olvidados (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 24 March 1952 (USA)
A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City, and the morals of young Pedro are gradually corrupted and destroyed by the others...

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Cast overview:
Estela Inda ...
Miguel Inclán ...
Don Carmelo, el ciego
Alfonso Mejía ...
Pedro
Roberto Cobo ...
El Jaibo
Alma Delia Fuentes ...
Meche
Francisco Jambrina ...
El director de la escuela granja
Jesús García ...
El padre de Julián (as Jesús García Navarro)
Efraín Arauz ...
Cacarizo
Sergio Virel ...
Miembro pandilla (as Sergio Villarreal)
Jorge Pérez ...
Pelón
Javier Amézcua ...
Julián
Mário Ramírez ...
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A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City, and the morals of young Pedro are gradually corrupted and destroyed by the others... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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A Motion Picture Masterpiece From Mexico

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This film was very poorly received in Mexico when originally released, with particular resentment directed at the Spaniard Luis Buñuel, as a foreigner, for exposing the nation's problems with poverty and crime. In fact, it was only after Buñuel won Best Director at Cannes that the film's quality was reevaluated by Mexican critics and audiences. Critical opinion of the film in Mexico is now very high: in a 1994 poll for the magazine Somos, Los Olvidados was named the second greatest Mexican film of all time. (Let's Go with Pancho Villa (1936) - directed by Fernando de Fuentes, was ranked first.) See more »

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Pedro: [addressing his mother, just before she leaves him at the Farm School] Just now you remember that I'm your son.
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An extremely cruel response to the sentimental social comment of Neo-realism…

Atheist, Marxist, Freudian, Surrealist, anarchist, fetishist, satirist, or Spaniard, Luis Buñuel was all these or more… One of the greatest of all filmmakers, Buñuel expressed an extraordinary personal vision of the world through an exceptional self-effacing special taste, creating a body of work unequaled in its abundance of meaning and its power by any other…

In 1946, Buñuel moved to Mexico where, between more conventional assignments, he summed up his creativity with a vengeance… His first masterpiece of this prolific period, "The Young and the Damned" was a masterpiece of social surrealism and the founding work of third world barrio repulsion…

Portraying the distress of delinquents in MexicoCity's streets, he admitted the effects of shockingly cruel environment but declined to glamorize his victim-heroes: the gang torments a blind beggar who is himself a skillful paedophile, while a Freudian dream the most 'innocent' boy fights a friend for his mother' s sexual favors…

The film is powerful enough to make a one firm man weep or encourage a true-believer to lose hope… Once seen, its disturbing images can never be forgotten…


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