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La Ilusion Viaja en Tranvia/Nazarin (1953-1958)

Cast: Agustin Izunza, Fernando "Mantequilla" Soto, Miguel Manzano, more...
Director: Luis Bu˝uel
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Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Classics, Comedies, Cult, Drama, Foreign, Classic Drama, Latin America, Mexico
Languages: Spanish

La Ilusion Viaja en Tranvia
Seldom has there been a more descriptive and succinct film title than Illusion Travels by Streetcar. Luis Bunuel offers us nothing more or less than a series of hallucinatory images, experienced by two senior citizens while taking their last ride on the Mexico City public transit system. One of the more startling shots (though not the most) depicts slabs of raw meat dangling from the racks of the streetcar, in the manner of a mobile deep-freeze. Oddly enough, the film observes all commercial considerations; this is surrealism made palatable to even the most conservative of filmgoers. Illusion Travels by Streetcar was originally released as La Ilusion Viaja en Tranvia.

Acclaimed director Luis Bu˝uel displays several of his trademark interests in this drama about a priest who leaves his order. The director's disdain for organized religion and the establishment, as well as his tendency to shock through visual imagery, are both apparent. Nazarin (Francisco Rabal) is the priest who leaves his order and decides to go on a pilgrimage. As he goes along subsisting on alms, he shelters a prostitute wanted by the police for murder. He is released from suspicion and she eventually catches up with him when she escapes imprisonment. Another woman joins the duo and soon the ex-priest is learning more about the human heart and suffering than when he wore robes. As for the shocking scenes, suffice to say the ravages of a plague are also shown.

Note: This DVD does not have english subtitles

GreenCine Member Reviews

NO subtitles by kaream September 13, 2008 - 12:04 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Aiee!! Two wonderful Bunuel films from his period of exile in Mexico, on a brand-new flipper disc (one on each side) put out by Lionsgate Home Entertainment, but exclusively for the Spanish-speaking market.

No subtitles (in any language), no Closed Captions, no extras.

If you're not fluent in Spanish, you're SOL. Bummer.

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