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Mexican Bus Ride (1952)
"Subida al cielo" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  26 June 1952 (Mexico)
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A young man and woman's honeymoon is cut short when the man learns that his mother has fallen ill back at home. The newlywed couple rush there to discover the other sons neglecting their ... See full summary »

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Lilia Prado ...
Raquel
Esteban Márquez ...
Oliverio Grajales
Luis Aceves Castañeda ...
Silvestre
Manuel Dondé ...
Eladio González
Roberto Cobo ...
Juan
Beatriz Ramos ...
Elisa
Manuel Noriega ...
Licenciado Figueroa (as Manolo Noriega)
Roberto Meyer ...
Don Nemesio Álvarez y Villalbazo
Pedro Elviro ...
El cojo (as Pitouto)
Pedro Ibarra ...
Manuel
Leonor Gómez ...
Doña Linda
Chel López ...
Compadre Chema
Paz Villegas ...
Doña Ester - Mamá de Oliverio (as Paz Villegas de Orellana)
Silvia Castro
Paula Rendón
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A young man and woman's honeymoon is cut short when the man learns that his mother has fallen ill back at home. The newlywed couple rush there to discover the other sons neglecting their mom in order to plot their squandering of the inheritance. The newlywed son takes quite an adventurous bus-ride to a distant city to get his mother's will notarized to the contrary, and is faced with multiple temptations along the way. Written by Mark Toscano <fiddybop@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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In his autobiography, _My Last Sigh_, Luis Buñuel said the screenplay was based on adventures that actually happened to his friend and producer of the film, Spanish poet Manuel Altolaguirre, while on a bus trip. See more »

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For serious Bunuel fans only
7 September 2006 | by (Session 9 (US)) – See all my reviews

I love Bunuel, and as such I had to see this film even though his Mexican period is my least favorite. I found it at the library (the only Bunuel film they had in fact). What we get is a very sloppy, poorly edited, and VERY poorly subtitled film.

In this little Mexican town, there aren't any legal ways to get married so as long as the groom has the to-be mother-in-law's blessing, then the couple is considered married. Well, before our new couple even get a mile out of town, they are informed that his mother is on her death bed and needs him to go to town to get the man who always takes care of the family's affairs. From there, we get on the bus.

On the bus, we have the silly driver, the town femme fatale, a politician, a couple who become new parents while on the ride, and a few other odd characters. You can see some of Bunuel's surreal effects shine through, if only slightly, in the mishaps along the way. For example, the bus driver tries to make the bus go across a lake at one point which of course it cant and it ends up being a 5 year old girl leading two oxen that saves the day. We also have a scene where the bus comes face to face with another vehicle (that cant go in reverse) on a steep mountain trail. After a few moments, everything is fine again, but we don't know why. Thats Bunuel for you.

Overall, I wouldn't say the film is bad. Its great to see all the stages that a director goes through, especially someone like Bunuel who is one of the finest directors to have ever lived. The biggest flaw with this film, which will hopefully be fixed once this gets a DVD release (Criterion are you listening?), is that the subtitles are quite possibly the worst I've ever seen. the first problem is that they're white and in some cases you cant see the far left or the far right of the words because they stretch off the screen, and the worst part is that you can tell that half of whats being said isn't even translated at all. Thankfully I know a tiny bit of Spanish and the gesticulations of the actors were good enough to allow me to get at least the gist of what was going on. For the most part, you might as well be watching a silent film.

This definitely ends up being an interesting glimpse into the life of 1950s Mexico. Its such a crude life but everyone seems to be happy. Its worth seeing, but only if you're a hardcore Bunuel fan or you are studying Mexican life of the 1950s.


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