Having recently escaped from a reformatory for troubled women, a voluptuous young delinquent is taken in by a wealthy Spanish family and methodically proceeds to undermine their conservative religious household through seduction and intimidation.
A priest in early twentieth-century rural Mexico embodies what the Gospels say about human goodness and mercy. After defending a prostitute who caused a fire, his once-loyal followers turn against him, backed by the authorities. As he flees, Nazario reconsiders his faith in the light of these events.
The influence and power exerted by “El Jaibo”, leader of a street gang, leads his followers into immorality, delinquency, and death. Luis Buñuel’s masterpiece is part of UNESCO’s “Memory of the World” Register.
*Restored by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project at L’Immagine Ritrovata in collaboration with Fundación Televisa, Televisa, Cineteca Nacional Mexico, and Filmoteca de la UNAM. Restoration funding provided by The Material World Foundation.
Young Archibaldo de la Cruz believes that a music box can make his wishes come true. After hoping for the death of his governess, the boy witnesses her death by a stray bullet. As an adult, he is overcome by the desire to kill the women he is attracted to—but all of them die before he can consummate his fantasy.
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