Juvenile delinquency -- Mexico -- Drama, Urban poor -- Mexico -- Mexico City -- Drama, Youth -- Mexico -- Drama

Los Olvidados

(The Young and the Damned)

BAMPFA Collection Print


Alfonso Mejía, Roberto Cobo, Estela Inda, Miguel Inclán,

With love but without pity, Luis Buñuel unfolds the story of a gang of slum kids who become delinquents as a defense against poverty, lack of affection, and the cruelty of police and pederasts on the city streets. In the characters of Jaibo, the gang leader, and Pedro, his naive victim, Buñuel makes a subtle distinction between corruption and delinquency. Here, as elsewhere, cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa gave form to Buñuel’s wicked humor, simply by exerting his unflinching eye for detail. A gang of youths tipping a legless beggar out of his cart; a chicken staring down a beaten blind man; Pedro’s dream in which his mother offers him a side of beef with a saintly smile: such images evidence a passionate surrealism. Buñuel: “There is nothing imagined in this film; it is all merely true.”

Judy Bloch
  • Luis Buñuel
  • Luis Alcoriza
  • Gabriel Figueroa
  • Spanish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 88 mins
  • Kino Lorber

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The young ones : Buñuel's unsentimental look at street kids (review), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 2005

Luis Bunuel (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2000

Rossellini & Bunuel (distributor materials), Audio Brandon Films, 1975

Cruelty and love in Los Olvidados (article), André Bazin

Bunuel in Mexico (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Los Olvidados unknown version discovered (collection documents)

Los Olvidados (program note), Audio Brandon Films

Los Olvidados (program note), Dartmouth Film Society, David Stewart Hull

Los Olvidados (program note), Los Angeles International Film Exposition

Los olvidados (distributor materials), Televisa

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