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Los Olvidados: BFI Film Classics

Los Olvidados<br> <em>BFI Film Classics</em> by Mark Polizzotti Los Olvidados: BFI Film Classics
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Author: Mark Polizzotti
Publisher: British Film Institute
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 88
Pub. Date: 2006
ISBN-10: 1844571211
ISBN-13: 9781844571215

About the Book:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

Los Olvidados (1950) established Luis Buuel's reputation as a world-class director. Set in the slums of Mexico City, it follows the crime-filled and violent lives of group of juvenile delinquents. The film exhibits some of Luis Buuel's recognisable themes of love's yearnings, social injustice, and surrealism, but with a layer of compassion that sets it apart from many of his other films. In 2003, Los Olvidados was inducted into UNESCO's Memory of the World programme, which preserves documentary heritage of world significance.

Mark Polizzotti explores the historical context, aesthetic importance and biographical significance of the film, providing the first complete overview of Los Olvidados in English. He also presents an introduction to the Mexican film industry and places Luis Buuel and his films within it.

While many critics have taken Los Olvidados as a film about urban poverty, Mark Polizzotti sees it as a much more personal and mysterious statement about yearning, loss, and the need for redemption. By taking the notion of hunger as its structural principle, he explores the themes of love, betrayal, desire, and death that make the film such a powerful statement more than fifty years after its release./

About the Author:

Mark Polizzotti is director of publications and intellectual property at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His most books include Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited a biography of André Breton, Revolution of the Mind.