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Bunuel's overlooked neorealist melodrama deals with a corrupt landlord in search of a thug to intimidate his restless tenants. El Bruto, played by Pedro Armendariz, is a thick-headed slaughterhouse worker loyal to the exploiters. Bruto is lusted after by his employer's frustrated wife and at the same time longs for an innocent girl whose father he unfortunately beat to death. Filmed during Bunuel's exile in Mexico, El Bruto is part of "a series of unique and expertly crafted films on low budgets and short production schedules" (David A. Cook, A History of Narrative Film). Features the bold black-and-white cinematography of Agustin Jimenez. In Spanish with English Subtitles.

Luis Bunuel---Mexico---1952---83 mins.