Olvidados

Los Olvidados

Director: Luis Buñuel, Alfonso Mejia, Roberto Cobo, Estela Inda

Cast: Luis Buñuel, Alfonso Mejia, Roberto Cobo, Estela Inda

     
 
The winner of two Cannes Film Festival awards, Luis Buñuel's Los Olvidados (aka The Forgotten Ones and The Young and the Damned) was the director's first international box-office success. Yet Buñuel showed no signs of curbing the outrageous iconoclasm that made him famous in Europe and South America; one of the more lasting images of the film is

Overview

The winner of two Cannes Film Festival awards, Luis Buñuel's Los Olvidados (aka The Forgotten Ones and The Young and the Damned) was the director's first international box-office success. Yet Buñuel showed no signs of curbing the outrageous iconoclasm that made him famous in Europe and South America; one of the more lasting images of the film is the clash-of-cultures shot of a glistening new skyscraper rising above the squalid slums of Mexico City. The story concerns a gang of juvenile delinquents, whose sole redeeming quality is their apparent devotion to one another. Part of the film's perverse fascination is watching Buñuel's street punks cause misery to those less fortunate. The audience immediately identifies with Pedro (Alfonso Mejía), the youngest gang member, who evinces a spark of decency; yet Pedro, like the others, remains a victim of circumstances far beyond his control. Throughout, Buñuel maintains an objective tone; it is our responsibility, not his, to judge the gang members. Seasoned with haunting dream sequences, Los Olvidados was the opening volley in what would turn out to be Buñuel's most creative period.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Luis Buñuel was little more than a footnote in motion picture history for his two early surrealist films with Salvador Dali, Un Chien Andalou and L'Age d'Or, when Los Olvidados boldly affirmed his status as a major international director. A brutal and unflinching look at the ugly circumstances of life for juvenile delinquents and runaways in Mexico City, Los Olvidados seems like the model for many "socially responsible" films about financially and spiritually underprivileged youth that appeared in the 1950s and '60s, as it also looks back toward the Italian neorealism that had begun in the second half of the 1940s. But this is unmistakably the work of Buñuel, the arch cynic and surrealist, and if he casts a relatively kind eye on several of his young protagonists -- most notably the tragic Pedro (Alfonso Mejía), cast off from his family with nowhere to turn -- his view of the adult world is jaundiced beyond redemption (significantly, the most sinister and least sympathetic of the film's delinquents, Jaibo [Roberto Cobo], is also the oldest). In Buñuel's universe, mothers turn their backs on their sons and sleep with their friends, blind beggars play sexual games with young girls, wealthy men proposition young boys, and cripples are so venomous that one feels little or no sympathy for them when they're attacked. The film's sole compassionate adult, the warden of a juvenile home, is decent and caring but ineffectual, an easily surmounted obstacle to the corruption of the outside world. Punctuated by beautifully troubling dream sequences, Los Olvidados was first released in the United States as The Young and the Damned, and the title was apt, though Buñuel makes abundantly clear that if these young men have been condemned to hell, it is one that the adult world (and, implicitly, ourselves) have helped to build and maintain.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/2015
UPC:
0644827142125
Original Release:
1950
Source:
Nostalgia Family
Sales rank:
8,646

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alfonso Mejia Pedro
Roberto Cobo Jaibo
Estela Inda Marta, Pedro's mother
Miguel Inclan Don Carrnelo, the blind man
Efrain Arauz Cacarizo
Alma Delia Fuentes Meche, the young girl
Mario Ramirez Julian's Father
Francisco Jambrina Farm School Director
Victor Manuel Mendoza Actor
Sergio Villareal Actor
Javier Amezcua Julian
Jesus Navarro The Lost Boy
Jorge Perez Pelon
Ernesto Alonso Narrator

Technical Credits
Luis Buñuel Director,Screenwriter
Luis Alcoriza Screenwriter
Oscar Dancigers Producer,Screenwriter
Gabriel Figueroa Cinematographer
Edward FitzGerald Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Rodolfo Halffter Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Sergio Kogan Producer
Carlos Savage Editor

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