La Mort en ce Jardin

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

Buñuel uses an interesting genre: The Wages of Fear inspired left wing French film-makers to join Mexican producers and make very violent melodramas with Third Worldish themes. Here, in a Bolivia-type state, clashes between troops and striking miners force a jungle trek on an ill-starred gang: a prostitute (Signoret), a priest (Piccoli), a trader (Vanel), an adventurer (Marchal), a deaf-mute beauty (Girardon). Jungle hazards include snakes, thirst, toilet-paper problems, and the bourgeois joys of looting a wrecked plane. Its garish, vicious action beats Sam Fuller at his own game, and adds philosophical suspense, as jungle paranoia makes Marxist fraternity look as delirious as a Surrealist dream. Co-writer is Raymond Queneau, the Picasso of avant-garde writing.

By: RD


Release details

97 mins

Cast and crew

Luis Buñuel
Gabriel Arout, Luis Buñuel, Luis Alcoriza, Raymond Queneau
Raúl Ramirez
Charles Vanel
Tito Junco
Georges Marchal
Michèle Girardon
Michel Piccoli
Luis Aceves Castañeda
Simone Signoret
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