Detroit Film Theatre


THE MEXICAN CINEMA: Luis Buñuel

Thursday, October 13, 2011

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

During the years in which he lived and worked in Mexico, Spain's great surrealist director Luis Buñuel (Belle de Jour, L'Age d'Or) created some of his most imaginative and memorable works. The 1951 Subida al Cielo (aka Mexican Bus Ride) is the tale of a young man whose honeymoon is interrupted when his mother falls ill, forcing him to make a journey to look after her estate. The bus ride he embarks on is far from uneventful, and, among other distractions, he finds himself dodging the advances of a female passenger dead-set on seducing him. 1953's La Ilusion Viaja en Tranvia (Illusion Travels by Streetcar) tells of yet another strange trip, this one involving tram workers who steal their streetcar when they discover it's to be retired from service; they're accompanied by an odd set of passengers as they proceed on their unpredictable and often bizarrely surreal journey. Spanish with English subtitles. Free admission. (Double feature, 175 min.) This program is made possible through the generosity of the Consulate of Mexico in Detroit

Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m.