Director: Luis Buñuel Run Time: 81 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1953 Language: Spanish
Starring: Andrés Soler, Katy Jurado, Paco Martínez, Pedro Armendáriz, Rosita Arenas
Screenwriters: Luis Alcoriza, Luis Buñuel
Producers: Gabriel Casto, Óscar Dancigers, Sergio Kogan
Part of a tribute to trailblazing Mexican actress Katy Jurado.
With The Brute, a young Luis Buñuel reinvents the Frankenstein myth as a blistering Mexican melodrama, years befo. Pedro Armendáriz stars as the titular El Bruto, a tough but dim-witted slaughterhouse worker hired by an unsparing slumlord to help evict tenants. However, things get heated in more ways than one when El Bruto falls for the landlord’s wife, played by Katy Jurado in one of her finest performances.
This parable into a modern tale of lust and unshakable violence is one of the finest works from Buñuel’s Mexican period, which saw the auteur mastering the melodrama years before his surrealist classics.