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

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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Mr Bongo Films
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb. 2011
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B003IMHI5M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,071 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.


Sure, El Bruto is relatively apolitical but that's because Buñuel is drunk on animal magnetism --Slant Magazine

One of the fascinating melodramas Buñuel made during his early years in Mexico --Time Out

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