Los olvidados (The Forgotten Ones, or The Young and the Damned) (1950)
Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m., Rich Theatre
A treasure of the international cinema canon and winner of eleven of Mexico's top film prizes — including Best Cinematography for Gabriel Figueroa and Best Director for Luis Buñuel — Los olvidados is a master work of both social realism and social surrealism. Figueroa's aptitude for capturing shadow and visually unearthing Mexico City's dark underbelly makes possible Buñuel's unflinching look at a group of street urchins, their dreams, and their sins. Far from the humorous criticism of bourgeoisie lifestyle that would color much of Buñuel's later work, Los olvidados plunges the viewer into the daily traumas and villainies of Mexico's street kids without the romanticism that typically colored the social realism of the day. As famed film critic and theorist André Bazin noted upon its Cannes debut, Los olvidados "lashes the mind like a red-hot iron and leaves one's conscience no opportunity for rest." This is in no small part due to Figueroa's camerawork, which puts the viewer face to face with the dark spaces of Mexico's urban environs and the dismal dimensions of its characters' souls.
Pricing: General admission, $7; Museum members, students with I.D., and seniors, $6; Patron-level members, FREE