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Gran Casino [DVD]


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  • Actors: Jorge Negrete, Libertad Lamarque, Meche Barba, Agustín Isunza, Julio Villarreal
  • Directors: Luis Buñuel
  • Writers: Michel Veber
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Subtitled
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Mar 2009
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001N4KBDI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,316 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Mexican musical melodrama from Spanish director Luis Bunuel, starring popular Latin singing stars of the day, Jorge Negrete and Libertad Lamarque. Following the mysterious disappearance of a wealthy oil well owner, one of his workers, Gerardo (Negrete) takes over the running of the business. Soon after, the missing owner's sister Mercedes (Lamarque) arrives from Argentina, and - convinced that Gerardo killed her brother to secure the wells for himself - assumes a false identity and gets a job as a singer in the casino where her brother disappeared in an attempt to find out what happened to him.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. S. De-ramon on 31 Jan 2010
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This is a Spanish language film form the 1940's showcasing Mexican and Latin American culture of the time. It deals with music, social conflict, businesses and the remains of a colonial past.
A great film by renowned Spanish director Luis Bunuel with the additional treat of the wonderful Argentinean singer Libertad Lamarque playing the leading role. Heartthrob Jorge Negrete plays alongside Libertad Lamarque sharing most musical numbers through the movie. Although the plot does not keep a fast pace all the time the artistic value of the film more than compensates. A very subjective camera keeps surprising the audience especially during the musical numbers: watch out for the supporting vocal trio in the `jail' scene.
It also provides a great opportunity to appreciate Mexican and Argentinean music of the thirties and forties played by two of the greatest performers of the time: Libertad Lamarque and Jorge Negrete.
Very good!
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Made in 1947, Gran Casino was the first film Luis Bunuel made after a 15 year hiatus in his career which saw him take odd jobs in Hollywood studios and in MOMA in New York before fetching up in Mexico. He made 32 films there between the years 1947 and 1965, the best of them constituting the greatest work he ever did. From these years we have Los Olvidados (1950), El Bruto (1953), El (1953), The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955), Nazarin (1959), Viridiana (1961), The Exterminating Angel (1962) and Simon of the Desert (1965) - all are masterpieces which show a passionate engagement in the world as Bunuel saw it and a raw cutting edge which eclipse his later better-known films made in France. Gran Casino, alas, doesn't compete with any of these films. It is a dull, anonymous and routine musical melodrama which, although well made and reasonably entertaining, flopped both artistically and commercially when it was released. The story (something about the oil business and a casino) isn't really worth recounting, the film being in essence a vehicle for the talents of Libertad Lamarque, a hugely popular Argentine tango singer who was in Mexico because she was having problems with Colonel Peron and his new girlfriend Eva Duarte who had played in Lamarque's theatrical troupe during the war. She is an extraordinary singer and her numbers are the highlights of the film. Jorge Negrete, playing opposite her also gets to perform a couple of decent songs. The musical scenes stand out probably because the intervening melodrama is so clunky. Bunuel no doubt needed to learn how routine studio films were made before he could set about doing his own thing, and there's no doubt that Gran Casino was part of that learning curve.Read more ›
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Hans Mahrla on 7 Jun 2009
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a company like amazon should be able to supply info such as languages, subtitles - which is more often than not MISSING - sorry :-(

there are more and more customers who would nonetheless appriate that
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For Bunuel completists and Libertad Lamarque lovers only 24 Sep 2014
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Made in 1947, Gran Casino was the first film Luis Bunuel made after a 15 year hiatus in his career which saw him take odd jobs in Hollywood studios and in MOMA in New York before fetching up in Mexico. He made 32 films there between the years 1947 and 1965, the best of them constituting the greatest work he ever did. From these years we have Los Olvidados (1950), El Bruto (1953), El (1953), The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955), Nazarin (1959), Viridiana (1961), The Exterminating Angel (1962) and Simon of the Desert (1965) - all are masterpieces which show a passionate engagement in the world as Bunuel saw it and a raw cutting edge which eclipse his later better-known films made in France. Gran Casino, alas, doesn't compete with any of these films. It is a dull, anonymous and routine musical melodrama which, although well made and reasonably entertaining, flopped both artistically and commercially when it was released. The story (something about the oil business and a casino) isn't really worth recounting, the film being in essence a vehicle for the talents of Libertad Lamarque, a hugely popular Argentine tango singer who was in Mexico because she was having problems with Colonel Peron and his new girlfriend Eva Duarte who had played in Lamarque's theatrical troupe during the war. She is an extraordinary singer and her numbers are the highlights of the film. Jorge Negrete, playing opposite her also gets to perform a couple of decent songs. The musical scenes stand out probably because the intervening melodrama is so clunky. Bunuel no doubt needed to learn how routine studio films were made before he could set about doing his own thing, and there's no doubt that Gran Casino was part of that learning curve. His producer Oscar Dancigers stood by him, going on to finance the much better-received The Great Madcap (1949) which led to his break-through masterpiece, Los Olvidados. Anyone closely interested in Bunuel should buy this DVD, particularly as Studio Canal have done an outstanding job on the transfer (which knocks spots off the Los Olvidados and Nazarin transfers which I have seen recently) and have included a useful short illustrated introduction to the film (in French with English subtitles) as well. The cheap price is also a plus. It's hardly 'essential' Bunuel, but when it's being given away virtually free it should be snapped up by any lover of this director, or indeed of Lamarque.
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