Land Without Bread

Description:
An extraordinary film about the impoverished people living in the Las Hurdes region of Spain. Bunuel constructs the film in the manner of a travelogue. The absurdity of the contrast between narration and image results in a vision so powerful the film seems surreal.

Cinephile Interest:
After Un Chien Andalou and L’Age d’Or, Bunuel returned to Spain to make this “anthropological film,” which was quickly banned by authorities. Unlike contemporary films of the adventure-travel variety, there is an overt, even radical, discontinuity between the off-camera descriptions and scenes of the Spanish poor. With this, Bunuel wants viewers to question the authority of narrators–especially Western, colonialist ones–not revel in the otherness of so-called primitive people.

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