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El Bruto
El Bruto
Actors: Luis Buñuel, Pedro Armendáriz, Katy Jurado
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2003     1hr 21min

The Brute is a slaughterhouse worker who more than makes up in muscle what he lacks in brain power. He's hired by a landlord to intimidate his unwanted tenants, but ends up seducing the daughter of one of them, much to t...  more »

     
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Actors: Luis Buñuel, Pedro Armendáriz, Katy Jurado
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: Cozumel
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color
DVD Release Date: 10/21/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 21min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Another Luis Buñuel classic on DVD!
Chao Chih-Hao | Miami, FL USA | 04/17/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"WAKE UP, AMAZON! You've got another Luis Buñuel title to offer your customers!
(NOTE for the fans: Rialto is releasing into theatres 'The Phantom Of Liberty' & 'The Milky Way'. So Criterion will most likely be releasing these two by next year at the latest.)
Contrary to the information found on most websites, this DVD release DOES have English subtitles. As far as accuracy in the translation - it's passable. Being a Spanish-speaking person I took some notice of the differences. But how often is the spoken word in foreign film treated with the proper justice through the subtitles?
'El Bruto' is a must-see for those who appreciated Los Olvidados and the like. Speaking of which, 'Los Olvidados' with 'Las Hurdes (Land Without Bread)', as well as 'El (This Strange Passion)' with 'The Criminal Life of Archibaldo De La Cruz' HAVE ALSO been released! And these are NTSC Region 0 DVD's. For more information, check with DVD Beaver's reviews on the aformentioned titles."
Excellent but little known Bunuel's retelling of the Franken
Galina | Virginia, USA | 01/30/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Had Luis Bunuel ever made a bad movie? I've seen fourteen his films and every one of them is great, simply fantastic, starting with the most famous short film, 17 minutes long "Un chien andalou" (1929) and ending with his swan song, "That obscure object of desire" (1977). Bunuel made films in France, his native Spain, and in Mexico where he had to immigrate after Franco came to power in Spain. Each of his films is uniquely brilliant but all of them have in common his magic touch no matter what period of his life they belong.

"El Bruto" is no exception and it is a strong combination of a surreal melodrama and political film which could also be viewed as a modern retelling of the Frankenstein's story. Pedro "El Bruto" is a young tough slaughterhouse laborer who is exploited by a tyrannical landowner who may be his father and to whom he is very loyal. He is eager to help Don Andres to evict the poor tenants form their houses that belong to Don Andres. Pedro is a simple man who was not used to think a lot and analyze the motivations of the others but he will learn and his eyes will open. Pedro will become a not so obscure object of desire of two women, passionate and strong-willed Paloma, the young wife of Don Andres and the kind and gentle Meche, whose father Pedro accidentally kills while doing the job for Don Andres. As is supposed to be in the melodrama, one of the women is scorned and hell hath no fury as she does and the inevitable ending is coming. The very last shot of the movie with its enigmatic irony is pure Bunuel - only he would finish the film the way he did.

9/10

"
Jurado, Armendariz, Bunuel....A Cinematic Treasure
L. Shirley | fountain valley, ca United States | 04/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This review refers to "El Bruto"(The Brute) DVD from Cozumel Classic Films(Ventura Distribution)

Wow...What an intense and enthralling film. Pedro Armendariz, Katy Jurado and Andres Soler are exquisite. Directed most artfully by the great Luis Bunuel, these immense talents combine to completely absorb you in this dark drama.

From 1952, it's a film that has aged well. An unfeeling landlord is going to evict the poor residents of his property in order to sell the land at a huge profit. He's got the law and the courts on his side, but the process is easier said then done. He comes up against some tough opposition when the tenants refuse to move and stand up to him under the leadership of four of the most outspoken and brave men of the group. Frustrated by the tenant's stand and loyalty to each other, his beautiful wife who has a very dark side, advises him to get rid of the four instigators. Not being a young man, he turns to El Bruto. A guy who although not the smartest of the bunch, has a physical presence that is quite intimidating. And what's more he has been loyal to the landlord, his mentor since childhood. El Bruto takes matters into his own hands and the results is tragic. Complications get even deeper when El Bruto falls deeply in love with one of the tenants daughters, but has already given in to the seductive powers the landlord's wife. She is a woman scorned and is out for blood.

I would liken it to "On the Waterfront", in the way that pits the powerful against the weak, the relationship of El Brute and the girl,the character study(that may have you wondering, just exactly who is "The Brute" in this film), and as the film builds on the emotions of all concerned and gets more intense as the story unfolds.

This black and white film is in Spanish with English subtitles(no option to turn off). The DVD transfer is clean and clear. You will barely notice it's age. The only extra is a filmography of Pedro Armendariz.

A fine film and a definite keeper. Katy Jurado, always a joy to watch, turns in a fiery must see perfomance for fans. Armendariz presents an huge and powerful portrayal. Together,under the superb filming of Luis Bunuel they are electrifying, making this a cinematic treasure.

The film has language and adult themes.

Gracias......Laurie

also recommeded:
La Mujer del Puerto
Honey for Oshun (Miel Para Oshun)
"
FIND OUT JUST WHAT GARY COOPER ONCE SAW IN KATY JURADO IN HI
C. Scanlon | among us humans | 09/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"see this film to understand the burning love between Gary Cooper and Katy Jurado in High Noon: this is how he remembers her and why he still loves her.

In a word she is BAD in this movie, to die for. She's married to a landlord who wants to kick everyone out into the street, and gets a slaughterhouse worker to do his dirty work. Katy shows her elderly landlord how, by cutting chrysthanemums, and then falls for the muscle while keeping back. THe girl is bad, and beautiful.

ANd the social message as always with Bunuel is excellent and right on target

should a landlord have the right to decide suddenly to throw entire families of poor people in the street in order to sell the building?

The US Supreme Court's eminent domain decision says yes!
Bunuel asks really? and how? violently?
"