Buñuel in Mexico

The great Spanish director Luis Buñuel’s career can be divided into three broad periods. Two of these – the late 1920s and early 1930s and the 1960s and 1970s, which the director spent mostly in France, are well known. The third, the 15 or so years Buñuel spent in Mexico between the mid-1940s through to 1960 are less well known.

In this mini-series we showcase six of Buñuel’s Mexican films, including his adaptation of Wuthering Heights.

Grand Casino / Gran Casino (Tampico)

Luis Buñuel | Mexico | 1946 | 92 minutes

After the mysterious disappearance of an oil well owner, one of his workers, Gerardo (Jorge Negrete) assumes the business management. Soon, the owner’s sister (Libertad Lamarque) arrives from Argentina, and, believing that Gerardo killed her brother to keep the wells for himself, she starts working as a singer under a false name in the same casino her brother disappeared, in order to find out what exactly happened.

Sunday 17th February 2013 4:30 PM

The Great Madcap / El gran calavera

Luis Buñuel | Mexico | 1949 | 92 minutes

“El Gran Calavera” concerns a family’s attempts to change the patriarch’s somewhat indulgent and hedonistic ways by fooling him into thinking his large fortune is gone. They assume a life of poverty in Mexico in an attempt to teach him a lesson. However, he discovers it’s a ruse, but continues to perpetuate the facade of ignorance while sneaking off during the day to conduct his thriving business. Why? To teach his family a lesson – they are all lazy, worthless leeches!

Sunday 24th February 2013 4:30 PM

The Devil and the Flesh / Susana

Luis Buñuel | Mexico | 1951 | 86 minutes

An unstable young woman escapes from a reformatory for very, very wayward girls and deceptively finds shelter in the kind home of a frighteningly nice and decent family. Little by little, she causes unrest and discord among the members of the household, until they are virtually fighting with each other.

Sunday 3rd March 2013 4:30 PM

The Brute / El Bruto

Luis Buñuel | Mexico | 1953 | 81 minutes

A tough, tall and strong young man helps to an evil old man to kick out a poor people from their houses, but he’ll fall in love of a girl who lives with her father in the building about to be demolish.

Sunday 10th March 2013 4:30 PM

Wuthering Heights / Abismos de pasión

Luis Buñuel | Mexico | 1953 | 91 minutes

Gone several years, the brooding Alejandro returns to the hacienda of his foster sister, Catalina, whom he loves, to find her married to the wealthy and effete Eduardo. Alejandro hates Eduardo and Catalina’s brother Ricardo; he’s rich now and has a lien on the drunken Ricardo’s ranch. He also wants Catalina to run away with him. She loves him as if he was her soul, but she also loves Eduardo and is pregnant, so she won’t leave. She wants Alejandro to stay nearby, a soul mate, but he, ruled by instinct and passion, stays only to hurt her. He woos Isabel, Eduardo’s impressionable young sister. The passions of impossible love and corrosive hate play out against Mexico’s barren high chaparral.

Sunday 17th March 2013 4:30 PM

El

Luis Buñuel | Mexico | 1953 | 92 minutes

Francisco is rich, rather strict on principles, and still a bachelor. After meeting Gloria by accident, he is suddenly intent on her becoming his wife and courts her until she agrees to marry him. Francisco is a dedicated husband, but little by little his passion starts to exhibit disturbing traits. Nevertheless, Gloria meets with scepticism as she expresses her worries to their acquaintances.

Sunday 24th March 2013 4:30 PM