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This review is from: Los Olvidados [DVD] (DVD)
Boy, what a film !!! From the opening scenes to the horrific and very hurriedly concluded last scene of the father who dumps his completely innocent and certainly non violent boy onto a rubbish tip , whose only crime was that of being unloved and ousted because there were too many mouths to feed in the family was an ordeal from start to finish. Enough to stir nightmares of where lack of love and home can lead to. Increasing the impact was the visual ordeal of watching the starkly contrasted imagery black and white and hardly any greys in between, for over an hour which of course was only to be expected in a film of 1951 of Luis Bunuel. This made the film perfectly set in it's time and wouldn't gain by remaking or remastering. You felt that then filmaking was about messages of immense importance and hamstrung by low budgets rather than
as now encumbered by indulgent production methods and specialised sectors of the industry to endorse with special effects what should be expressed without this resource. I heartily felt glad when the film ended so strong was it's impact but I'm glad I bought it just the same. The scene where the boy-gangster Jaibo organised his gang of nice but poor kids to rob the mutilated beggar who was left stranded on the pavement with no way of uprighting himself being amputated of both legs, and the scenes where the blind man was robbed were harrowing even today in spite of the raw news items we are fed with daily.
This is a classic of early cinema and leaves one with a bitter taste in the guts!!