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.
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 )