February 11, 2021

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Jose Fresan

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Los Olvidados: Mexican Cinema Masterpiece

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In 1952, The New York Times called Luis Buñuel’s Los Olvidados (The Young and The Damned) a “brutal and unrelenting picture of poverty and juvenile crime in the slums of Mexico City” and it is still considered by critiques as the best Mexican movie of all times. The film deals …

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In 1952, The New York Times called Luis Buñuel’s Los Olvidados (The Young and The Damned) a “brutal and unrelenting picture of poverty and juvenile crime in the slums of Mexico City” and it is still considered by critiques as the best Mexican movie of all times.

The film deals with the never-ending cycle of poverty and despair. Showing a disparate Mexico City where new and modern buildings are being built while a great part of its population lives in poverty and despair. The film fits within the field of social realism, however, it also contains elements of surrealism present in much of Buñuel’s work.

Los Olvidados was intensely criticized upon its release in 1950 but earned the Best Director award at the 1951 Cannes Film Festival. And it’s now considered a masterpiece of Mexican cinema.

You can watch the full film with English subtitles in the link below.