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The Brute (El Bruto) - (Mr Bongo Films) (1953) [DVD]

Luis Buñuel    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Luis Buñuel
  • Format: Black & White, PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Mr Bongo Films
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IMHI5M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,565 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Bruto (Pedro Armendariz), a simple-minded strongman, is tasked by a ruthless landlord to clear a Mexico City slum of its denizens. His campaign includes cold intimidation and vicious attacks, one of which results in the death of an old man. His success earns him his master's gratitude as well as the unwanted attention of Palomar (Katy Jurado - Mr. Arkadin), the landlord's wife. However Bruto is distracted by his growing affection for Mechee (Rosa Arenas). She proves a calming influence and Bruto becomes progressively disillusioned at his task, all the more so upon learning that Mechee is the daughter of the man he killed.

Inspired by the success of Los Olvidados, El Bruto continues Luis Buñuel's examination of urban ghettos and the class tension that simmers within it. He is greatly aided by Pedro Armendariz (The Fugitive, From Russia With Love), whose powerful performance as Bruto embodies the contradictions that make this childlike thug a compelling character.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: Spanish ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The great screen surrealist Luis Buñuel co-wrote and directed this dark, bitterly witty satire. A group of people in formal dress arrives at an elegantly appointed home for a dinner party. However, once dinner is over and the guests retire to the drawing room, they discover that the servants have gone away, and for some reason they cannot leave. There is no explanation why -- there are no locked doors or barred windows preventing them from going home -- but the guests are convinced that they're stranded. Left to their own devices, they slowly but gradually degenerate into genteel savagery, taking an axe to a water pipe for drinking water, killing and eating a sheep that was to be part of the post-dinner entertainment, hiding the bodies of dead guests in the closet, dabbling in witchcraft, and burning the furniture. Buñuel's dry, quixotic wit is abundantly displayed in this film. Leading the cast was Silvia Pinal, the renowned actress who starred in several of Buñuel's Mexican films (she was married to noted producer Gustavo Alatriste, who produced several films with Buñuel). Other than the short subject Simon of the Desert, El Angel Exterminador proved to be Buñuel's last film made in his adopted homeland. ...The Brute ( El bruto )


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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"El Bruto" is a drama filled with moral dilemmas and irony. The story starts with a wealthy man named Andrés (Andrés Soler) and his much younger wife named Paloma (Katy Jurado) having the problem of having tenants not wanting to leave their apartment complex. They want to sell the land, but some of the tenants are quite fixed on the idea of not leaving. At his wife's suggestion, Andrés gets the idea to ask Pedro (Pedro Armendáriz) to help him out. Pedro is known as the Brute because he is big and is as strong as an ox, but he is a little dimwitted too.

Andrés invites Pedro to live in his house, which complicates things as Peloma starts to secretly like Pedro. When Pedro intimidates one of the tenants with a strong punch, the Brute begins to have troubles. The old man he punched ends up dying a couple days later and the Brute has blood on his hands now. To further make matters worse, Pedro ends up meeting Meche (Rosa Arenas), the daughter of the man he killed, and likes her a lot. Pedro/Bruto isn't entirely dumb, as he is crafty enough to seduce this innocent girl. While the story may sound like a soap opera, it doesn't feel like one.

Throughout the story there is an underlining feeling of seduction. Between Peloma trying to seduce Pedro and Pedro trying to seduce Meche, there is a lot of tension. Although much of the action takes place off camera, we know that there is quite a bit going on between them.

Luis Buñuel's "El Bruto" looks beautiful in black and white, with great music that perfectly matches it. The story is quite interesting as it shows the strange justice karma brings with past actions affecting the future events. The story isn't at all romantic in the sense of everything coming together with a happy ending, but rather a string of tragedies that take us deeper into a mess that seems trickier to unentangle with the passage of time.
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The Brute is an interesting film and, like Susana, does not contain much of the surrealism Buñuel is famous for, instead opting for a melodrama that is both tragic and dark. Whilst the plot may not be particularly inspiring and sounds rather formulaic and simple, it ends up drawing you in through the strength of the script and the cast. In the lead role of Pedro (AKA 'The Brute') is Pedro Armendáriz (Calibre 44) who is perfectly suited in his role. A very big guy, he looks like the type of man a landlord may employ to evict his tenants yet also manages to show the viewer that he isn't just a tough guy through the character's simple mindedness, played to a tee. If it wasn't for Armendáriz's ability to play Pedro's scenes in which the character displays his weaknesses so well, this film would not have worked on the level it does. Also of note cast wise, is Andrés Soler as Andrés the landlord, Rosa Arenas as Meche and Katy Jurado as Paloma. The film is also filled with a couple of extremely memorable scenes, my favourite of which is the scene where Pedro is chased by tenants and, as he runs down one alleyway, Buñuel has set up the shot so that his shadow runs down another. I recommend this film to anyone with a passing interest in Buñuel's work, as this film is an excellent entry in his resume although just don't go into it expecting the surreal. 4/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 18 Sep 2011
By Peter
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I first discovered Bunuel by reluctantly watching 'The Exterminating Angel' which was offered as a freebie in a Sunday newspaper. It remains one of my favourite films to this day. Bunuel's 'The Brute' is another fine example of his work; fast paced and filled with suspense right until the very end.

The film looks good on large screen TV's with rich whited and deep blacks. There are no extras on this DVD .

Highly recommended.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A jewel from the golden age of Mexican cinema 16 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I loved this film. It has all the classic elements of Bunuel's films during his Mexican era: dysfunctional relationships, sexual obsession, misery, social struggle, and violence with a surrealist background. Pedro Armendariz, the brute, is hired by a greedy landlord to intimidate a group of poor tenants. Armendariz's portrayal of the brainless thug is formidable. Kathy Jurado plays the sensual wife of the landlord. The intricate web of relationships grows to be more complicated as the story develops into murder, love, and infidelity. This is classic melodrama at its best. Critics consider The Brute to be one of Bunuel's more simplistic films. I think this makes The Brute quite a unique movie. The film develops just like the rough and brutal demeanor of Armendariz's character. The Brute also captures a piece of Mexico's social struggles. The tenants are being displaced out their homes because of the grandiose plans of development of a corrupt landlord played by Soler. The love scenes are rustic and primeval creating an obvious parallel with the violent scenes and it has, of course, Bunuel's traditional surrealist sequences of farm animals. I strongly recommend this film. If you are a Bunuel aficionado, a fan of international film, or just looking for a melodramatic rush you have to watch The Brute.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUNUEL AT HIS EARLY BEST BUT GET IT FOR KATY JURADO AT HERS 4 July 2006
By C. Scanlon - Published on Amazon.com
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.

Get this movie. I pray Criterion loves it enough to release it on DVD. Turns out it is available in DVD on amazon. but mislabelled if you can find it. use search word bruto. nuff sed.
5.0 out of 5 stars While the story may sound like a soap opera, it doesn't feel like one 13 April 2011
By Richard J. Brzostek - Published on Amazon.com
"El Bruto" is a drama filled with moral dilemmas and irony. The story starts with a wealthy man named Andrés (Andrés Soler) and his much younger wife named Paloma (Katy Jurado) having the problem of having tenants not wanting to leave their apartment complex. They want to sell the land, but some of the tenants are quite fixed on the idea of not leaving. At his wife's suggestion, Andrés gets the idea to ask Pedro (Pedro Armendáriz) to help him out. Pedro is known as the Brute because he is big and is as strong as an ox, but he is a little dimwitted too.

Andrés invites Pedro to live in his house, which complicates things as Peloma starts to secretly like Pedro. When Pedro intimidates one of the tenants with a strong punch, the Brute begins to have troubles. The old man he punched ends up dying a couple days later and the Brute has blood on his hands now. To further make matters worse, Pedro ends up meeting Meche (Rosa Arenas), the daughter of the man he killed, and likes her a lot. Pedro/Bruto isn't entirely dumb, as he is crafty enough to seduce this innocent girl. While the story may sound like a soap opera, it doesn't feel like one.

Throughout the story there is an underlining feeling of seduction. Between Peloma trying to seduce Pedro and Pedro trying to seduce Meche, there is a lot of tension. Although much of the action takes place off camera, we know that there is quite a bit going on between them.

Luis Buñuel's "El Bruto" looks beautiful in black and white, with great music that perfectly matches it. The story is quite interesting as it shows the strange justice karma brings with past actions affecting the future events. The story isn't at all romantic in the sense of everything coming together with a happy ending, but rather a string of tragedies that take us deeper into a mess that seems trickier to unentangle with the passage of time.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Un bruto muy bueno 17 Feb 2001
By Enrique Guevara - Published on Amazon.com
Esta pelicula demuestra que Buñuel puede dirigir como sea, lo que sea. No es una de sus hobras maestras sino que es una palícula en la que se tiene que adaptar a un formato pleestablecido con muy poco espacio de maniobra y lo hace muy bien. La pelicula tiene buena trama, aunque un poco trillada. Se explora el lado del pobre que es sirviente de los ricos traicionadno sus origenes. Este tipo de personaje facinaban a Bueñuel (Mayordomos, curas, policias, mandaderos, etc). Es un filme que vale la pena verlo.
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