Los Olvidados (aka The Young And The Damned) (1950 2011 NR

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Powerful story of two youthful boys caught in the poverty and violence in the disease-ridden barrios of Mexico. Bunuel's stunning return to international film production after an 18 year absence.

Starring:
Estela Inda, Alfonso Mejia
Runtime:
1 hour 21 minutes

Los Olvidados (aka The Young And The Damned) (1950

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It is classic Mexican cinema at its best.
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It is ripe with social issues, poverty, gang violence, ignorance, and the struggle to survive.
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They can relate to many of the themes presented in the film.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Nicolas on November 13, 2010
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Product on this page doesn't say anything about subtitles but I guess i assumed a region 1 NTSC DVD would probably have them. Most DVDs now usually have subtitles in multiple languages on them. Not this one, it has ZERO subtitles in any language.

Since this is one of the great films of world cinema and there is no American DVD release, I would recommend skipping this version and buying the PAL region 0 France import version titled: Young And The Damned. That one says subtitles in its description(Most DVD plays can be made PAL and NTSC- all regions, just google your DVD model for the code. Normally its a sequence on the remote to a secret menu).

Otherwise, if you speak Spanish this version does look very nice. I might try finding subtitles online, ripping this DVD to my computer and reburning it with the subtitles i found. Not the kind of thing I want to waste my time doing to enjoy the film.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Galina on February 26, 2007
Format: DVD
The story of troubled youth and urban violence has been told many times, but this is, perhaps, the best film on the subject ever made. This is an unblinking look at the hell on earth that looks like slums of Mexico City. It is also a masterful combination of gritty realism and Buñuel's surrealism like in the scene of young Pedro's dream of Virgin Mary with a face of his mother whose love he desperately needs but never knows.

All the characters, including a young boy caught up in a criminal world but trying to be good, his tired mother who does not have time to love her children, the brutal and cruel gang leader with his own story that breaks your heart are not just wonderfully written and acted, they are absolutely real and would stay with you long after the film is over. Shocking, erotic, and sad, this is a masterpiece - the perfect film from the beginning until the harrowing and devastating end.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert Blake on October 11, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
"Los Olvidados" remains a landmark in not only Hispanic cinema, but world cinema as a whole. It marked the return of Luis Buñuel after two decades of obscurity and proved he was more than just a memorable name from the Surrealist movement in Europe. "Los Olvidados" is gritty, surreal storytelling at it's finest, Buñuel masterfully mixes the storytelling with dreamlike touches to create a film that is unforgettable and timeless. The film follows the lives of children living in the poverty-stricken areas of Mexico City, there is little hope in their daily living for social advancement and they resort to crime to fulfill their needs. A murder for revenge eventually creates friction between two friends and sends them on a dangerous odyssey. "Los Olvidados" is a striking social commentary, even more so today because anyone who has lived or traveled through Latin America can fully relate to the issues the film explores. Consider that the youth culture in "Los Olvidados," made in 1950, is no different from that which is shown in a more recent, equally great Mexican film, "Amores Perros," made in 2000. Buñuel paints here on a canvas of love, death, revenge, lust and murder.The images are rich and the writing is on par with the visuals, especially since Buñuel takes what would in other circumstances be seen as simple storytelling and turns it into a work full of great depth and visceral energy, there is even a hypnotic dream sequence that reminds us that Buñuel was a surrealist first and foremost in his filmmaking. When the movie first came out it won him a Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival and played for months in Paris and London, influencing many a young aspiring filmmakers, including Roman Polanski who remembers seeing the film as true literature. "Los Olvidados" has survived the test of time, and like all great movies it only grows better with age.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Blake on July 12, 2000
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"Los Olvidados" is a masterpiece of a film, a true work of graphic realism in the cinema. Of course it is, it being directed by the great genius Luis Bunuel. "Los Olvidados" is a great film, richly photographed with a gritty, graphic feeling and superbly written and acted. Bunuel takes deep into the world of poverty and the consequences and events surrounding children living on the streets. It is not just an examination of juvenile crime in Mexico, but on juvenile crime as a whole. It examines what happens to people who grow without a good home, education or parents. "Los Olvidados" can also be seen as a study of the dark side of man. Bunuel looks at reality unblinkingly and makes a movie that can be hypnotic at times. It is beautiful, in a dark way. The realism can be felt vibrating off the screen and "Los Olvidados" can take on the disturbing feeling of a street documentary equipped with murder, lust and violence. Bunuel also adds a touch of eroticism that elevates the material. "Los Olvidados" is a slice of true cinema, Mexican or otherwise. It displays the masterful talent that Bunuel possessed for realism in the cinema. This is an effective, unforgettable movie. One of the greatest works ever made in Latin cinema.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By muskiedine on August 22, 2005
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Undoubtedly Los Olvidados is a significant standard of comparison for all films dealing with the cruelty and despair of life at its most despairing. Bunuel is a genius to capture such horror in the form of realism, with just a touch of surrealism with the dream scene. However, realism overall seems to become surrealism in that what occurs is difficult to stomach, difficult to imagine. It's easier of course to watch this with the typical detachment that has become a part of our lives; the challenge however is to watch it and let it hit and hit hard because it is reality and more so now than ever before.
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