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Los Olvidados (1950)
"Los olvidados" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  24 March 1952 (USA)
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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...

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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 ...
Ojitos
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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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A Masterpiece
20 January 2002 | by (Omaha, Nebraska) – See all my reviews

Please, right now, take away the featured user comment that calls Los Olvidados a "nice, short drama." This is perhaps the worst assessment of any movie I have ever heard, and whoever said it cannot recognize how masterful the film is because his or her senses have been dulled by too many action movies. I say that because this film, from surrealist master Luis Buñuel, is as admirable as nearly any portrait of poverty and crime, with the probable exception of DeSica's The Bicycle Thief. In fact, though, Los Olvidados is much much more brutal and harrowing than The Bicycle Thief (not to say that this assures it to be a superior film). Buñuel mostly takes a break from his surrealist tendencies in this film, with the exception of a few remarkably effective dream sequences, and creates a ultra-realist portrait of Mexican slums that is uncompromisingly frank. All the characters, including a young boy caught up in a dangerous gang, his harsh mother, the gang leader and vicious bully, and a bitter old blind man, among others, and what transpires among them are expertly captured by Buñuel's camera. To characterize this movie, I would call it a much more bleak and brutal Neo-realist film, with a touch of surrealism. I would also characterize it as a masterpiece. Why this film does not show up on more top film lists I am unsure, but all I can say is that it should not be missed by any serious film connoisseur.


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