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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 a small village near a diamond miners' camp. He is arrested by the local police who accuse him of having committed a bank robbery in a neighboring town. The ... See full summary »


Luis Buñuel


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





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


Chark, an adventurer, comes to a small village near a diamond miners' camp. He is arrested by the local police who accuse him of having committed a bank robbery in a neighboring town. The police also confiscate the diamond mine for the state, due to this the diamond miners start a revolution, but it is defeated. Chark, Father Lizzardi, Castin and his daughter, and Djin, a whore to whom Castin is in love, are fleeing into the jungle, where they start to fight for their lives. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Adventure | Drama


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Luis Buñuel biographer John Baxter claims that Jean Genet was hired to write a script but disappeared on being paid. See more »


Referenced in Belarmino (1964) See more »

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Hard-edge, beautiful adventure that hasn't aged a bit
16 June 2017 | by quridleySee all my reviews

The only Buneul I can recall seeing are Un Chien Andalou and Virdinia. Death in the Garden was a totally different experience but just as eye-opening. Its based more firmly in reality and its similar on the surface to films like The African Queen. Its a hard-boiled adventure in the jungle, told in a 2-act scenario with a great emphasis in setting up the relationships and identities of the cast. That sets it apart from so many films of this nature. You care so much about these people. And Buneul keeps them believable and complex. You have no clue who will survive or betray the team. The answers are shocking but the ultimate climax is refreshing. You get an almost romantic and optimistic payoff that is earned... without being melodramatic.

It goes without saying that the film is brilliant technically and stylistically. Bunuel was a true master and this is a masterpiece for its genre. Recommended for fans of well-made adventure/thrillers from any time or place.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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