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Death in the Garden (1956)

La mort en ce jardin (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 21 September 1956 (France)
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Chark, an adventurer comes to small village in the near of a gold digger's camp. He is arrested by the local police, who accuse him of having comitted a bank robbery in a neighoured town. ... See full summary »

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Luis Buñuel

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Luis Alcoriza (adaptation), Luis Buñuel (adaptation) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Simone Signoret ... Djin
Charles Vanel ... Castin
Georges Marchal ... Shark
Michel Piccoli ... Father Lizardi
Tito Junco ... Chenko
Raúl Ramírez ... Álvaro (as Raul Ramirez)
Luis Aceves Castañeda ... Alberto (as Luis-Aceves Castañeda)
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ... Captain Ferrero (as Jorge Martinez de Hoyos)
Alberto Pedret Alberto Pedret ... Second Lieutenant Jiménez
Marc Lambert Marc Lambert ... Miner
Stefani Stefani ... Miner
Michèle Girardon ... María Castin
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Chark, an adventurer comes to small village in the near of a gold digger's camp. He is arrested by the local police, who accuse him of having comitted a bank robbery in a neighoured town. The police also confiscate the gold mine for the state, due to this the gold diggers start an revolution, but it is beaten. Chark, Father Lizzardi, Castin and his daugher and Djin, a whore to whom castin is in love are fleeing into the jungle. where they start to fight for their lifes. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Adventure | Drama

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Country:

France | Mexico

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 September 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Death in the Garden See more »

Filming Locations:

Catemaco, Veracruz, Mexico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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According to Luis Buñuel, Simone Signoret missed her husband Yves Montand so much that "on her way to join us in Mexico, she slipped some Communist documents into her passport, hoping to be turned away by American Immigration". See more »

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Interesting Mexican-French co-production well realized by the great genius Spanish , Luis Buñuel
8 October 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

An escaped convict named Chark (Georges Marchal) comes to a little town next to gold digger's camp . In this South American settlement is living a lot of French people . Chark is taken prisoner by local militia , who accuses him of having carried out a bank robbery in a neighboured little village . The police also confiscates the gold mine for the state , due to this the prospectors start a revolt , but it is beaten . As the group of French people must flee the revolution between striking miners and soldiers . There takes place a riot ; all of them have to escape and Chark agrees to lead them to safety but their trek throughout the jungle is fraught with danger and not just from animal life . As Chark , Father Lizzardi (Michael Piccoli) , Castin (Charles Vanel) , his deaf-mute daughter (Michele Girardon) and Djin (Simone Signoret) , a whore to whom Castin is in love are fleeing into the jungle . Where they begin fighting for their lives and suffering lots of perils .

Adventure movie by the great Luis Buñuel , it is filled with thrills , action , revolts , drama and gorgeous outdoors from jungle . This isn't a typical Buñuel film , though there are some symbolism but no surrealism . Interesting and thought-provoking screenplay from Raymond Queen and Luis Alcoriza , Buñuel's usual screenwriter . Pretty good cast gives fine acting ; it is mostly formed by nice French actors such as Georges Marchal as an adventurer arrested by the local police , Simone Signoret as experimented prostitute , Michael Piccoli as Father Lizzardi , Charles Vanel as an old miner who falls in love for a whore , and Michele Girardon , early deceased at 36 , and probably best remembered for her role in the John Wayne comedy adventure ¡Hatari! . Colorful and glowing cinematography by Jorge Stahl , filmed on location in Texcoco , Catemaco , Veracruz , Mexico . Atmospheric as well as evocative musical score by Paul Misraki .

The motion picture was compellingly directed by Luis Buñuel . This Buñuel's strange film belongs to his Mexican second period . It is between Mexican epoch and French period ; in fact , it's plenty of known French actors ; as Buñuel subsequently emigrated from Mexico to France where filmed other excellent movies . After moving to Paris , at the beginning Buñuel did a variety of film-related odd jobs , including working as an assistant to director Jean Epstein . With financial help from his mother and creative assistance from Dalí, he made his first film , this 17-minute "Un Chien Andalou" (1929), and immediately catapulted himself into film history thanks to its disturbing images and surrealist plot . The following year , sponsored by wealthy art patrons, he made his first picture , the scabrous witty and violent "Age of Gold" (1930), which mercilessly attacked the church and the middle classes, themes that would preoccupy Buñuel for the rest of his career . That career, though, seemed almost over by the mid-1930s, as he found work increasingly hard to come by and after the Spanish Civil War , where he made ¨Las Hurdes¨ , as Luis emigrated to the US where he worked for the Museum of Modern Art and as a film dubber for Warner Bros . He subsequently went on his Mexican period with "The Great Madcap" , ¨Los Olvidados¨ , ¨The brute¨, "Wuthering Heights", ¨El¨ , "The Criminal Life of Archibaldo De la Cruz" , ¨Robinson Crusoe¨ , ¨Death in the garden¨ and many others . And finally his French-Spanish period in collaboration with producer Serge Silberman and writer Jean-Claude Carrière with notorious as well as polemic films such as ¨Viridiana¨ , Tristana¨ , ¨The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" and his last picture , "That Obscure Object of Desire" .


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