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Two of Mexico s finest actors star in this fiery melodrama by master director Luis Buñuel. Pedro Armendariz (Maria Candelaria; Three Godfathers) plays a physically strong but simple-minded slaughterhouse worker who is hired by a brutal landlord to evict unwanted tenants. His life is complicated when he falls for the slumlord s seductive wife, played by Ariel-winner Katy Jurado (Broken Lance; High Noon)

Bold, brutal, and blistering, THE BRUTE is a highlight of Buñuel s Mexican period, in which he fit his themes and ideas into the popular Mexican melodrama.

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  • Actors: Armendariz, Jurado, Arenas
  • Directors: Luis Bunuel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FACETS
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UL61H0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,066 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on November 6, 2007
The well known sojourn of Bunuel in Mexico has been unfairly regarded for most audiences: I think, on the contrary that this self exile in this land, plenty of mystery and rituals not only nourished still more the fertile creativity of him; but enriched his surrealistic vision about the overall pattern of behavior of the human being. Possibly, if Bunuel would not have lived n Mexico, films like Nazarin, Viridiana or the crimila life of Archibaldo de la Cruz simply would have not made.

In this sense, El Bruto is perhaps, one of his most devastating and delirious visions about the servile and tyrannical abuse of a landowner respect a tough slaughter laborer. Moments of bitter irony and melodramatic vignettes make of this film one of his smartest ones.

A must-see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CARLOS ROMERO on August 9, 2012
"El bruto" ("The Brute") from 1952, was directed by none other than Luis Buñuel. This was a social-melodrama that was very much in keeping with this period of his career. It had a fine cast in: 'Pedro' 'el bruto' (Pedro Armendariz), 'Paloma' (Katy Jurado), 'Meche' (Rosa Arenas), 'Andres Cabrera' (Andres Soler), 'Don Pepe' (Paco Martinez), etc. This tale of social-oppression is about a landlord ('Andres'), that wanted to evict poor squatters from his property (a common problem in Latin America, even today). The squatters resisted, so he hired a brutish slaughterhouse-worker ('el bruto'), to scare and intimidate the few troublemakers. After a mishap, 'Andres' had to give 'el bruto' asylum in his home, where more problems ensued for the basically gentle at heart but outwardly crude 'el bruto', in 'Andres' calculating wife 'Paloma', who was hatching schemes of her own! Until one day, 'el bruto', now filled with remorse and regret for his actions, thanks to the compassion and generosity that only 'Meche' had displayed.

Overall, this was a very decent film that was co-written by another fellow Spanish-expatriate Luis Alcoriza, where many classical motifs were represented. Then again so is 'Don Pepe' (Paco Martinez), whose accent was easily discernible to be a Spaniard. He also provided some well-timed comic-relief. So much of Mexico's so-called 'golden age of cinema' was the result of exiles from many countries, but from Spain primarily. Some reviewers make the claim that there wasn't any of Buñuel's usual touch of 'surrealism' at all in the film. Maybe they lack experience, or didn't see the same film I did. There certainly was a little surrealism involved, just ever so slightly. I don't want to spoil it by spelling-it-out, so I won't.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stalwart Kreinblaster on February 12, 2008
El Bruto is a strange movie about.. well a brute, a tough guy who is hired to do the dirty work for a tyrannical landlord who is trying to get rid of his impoverished tenants.. But as events unfold the movie takes some ironic plot twists... Punctuated with moments of comedy mainly from the father of the slumlord, El Bruto is a strange and beautiful early film of don luis... It is beautiful in its simplicity and in its photography.. and its story is unconventional and unique..
The quality of the dvd itself was better than i expected.. just don't expect any extras and you will be fine with the more than acceptable print of the film - at least in my eyes..
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