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The Young and the damned.

  • Aug 19, 2009
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The Young and the Damned was a heart breaking film from surrealistic film maker Luis Bunuel. He was also an enemy of the conservatives for his attacks and criticisms of the bourgeois lifestyle. But this film was different. Whilst he was staying in Mexico for several years, he made a few films there. One of them was the controversial movie THE YOUNG AND THE DAMNED. He paints a bleak lifestyle that so many unwanted and homeless children have to endure on the streets of Mexico City and elsewhere. This film made him enemies throughout Mexico and protests were aimed at him and his latest work.

The movie follows a group of poor homeless Mexican children. Since they have little or no education and no discernible skills, these feral children turn to crime in order to survive. A couple of the street kids run together in packs. But the hierarchy amongst the urchins is a dog eat dog society. The older brutes prey on the weaker ones until they grow up to be like them. It's a very vicious cycle that never seems to end. A depressing film that punches you in the gut and never let's you go. What's even a sadder story is that the children live in the same squalid situations today.

One of Luis Bunuel's best films.

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Only lasted three days at the box office in Mexico City before beimg removed due to public outcry from the population's affluent citizens and the media.
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Director: Luis Buñuel
Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 9. 1950
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Luis Buñuel
Runtime: 85 minutes
Studio: Ultramar
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