Quick-Thoughts: Luis Buñuel’s The Young and the Damned (1950)

Luis Buñuel Binge Part I of V 

Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) is one of my all-time favorite short films, so naturally, yeah, it was about damn time I watched one of Luis Buñuel’s feature-lengths. 

I think The Young and the Damned exemplifies Buñuel seamlessly meshing the quirky eccentricity of his earlier works such as Un Chien Andalou with a cohesive, reality-grounded narrative. It’s the kind of blended smoothie of cinematic facets that substantially fascinate me. With a coming-of-age aura set in grave poverty, The Young and the Damned is a tale that introspectively scrutinizes the link between benighted parenting and the vocation for violence that it brings upon or debatably passes on to future generations. 

It’s always charming too to see a film that was clearly made with stubby resources but still toils its way around to being more immersive and innovative than most movies out there. In fact, this one in particular, toils its way to perfection; masterpiece-leveled perfection, to be precise.

Buñel, you have my attention. 

Verdict: A+

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“The Young and the Damned” is now available to stream on Amazon Prime.

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