Death in the Garden (La mort en ce jardin, 1956)
Director: Luis Buñuel
Welcome to the jungle! They are on the run for their lives, encountering tragedies, and trying to beat the odds in a mesmerizing adventure. Eurochannel presents a unique masterpiece by the genius of Spanish cinema, Luis Buñuel: Death in the Garden.
Set in an imaginary South American country, Luis Buñuel’s Death in the Garden tells the story of five adventurers caught in the middle of a political uprising between a group of oppressed diamond miners and the malicious Captain Ferrero. As a roguish adventurer, a local hooker, a priest, an aging diamond miner and his deaf-mute are forced to flee for their lives into the jungle, they wander desperately, lured by one deceptive promise of salvation after another.
Filmed during the period when Buñuel was rising as a promising figure of surrealist cinema, Death in the Garden proposes a sort of psychological mirror-image of Franco’s Spain from which Buñuel exiled himself, with rebellions and oppressors galore. The movie is enriched by an ensemble of great performers including a stunningly beautiful Simone Signoret, Charles Vanel, and Georges Marchal.
Shot in brilliant Eastmancolor, Death in the Garden is a pulsating adventure film alive with surrealist gestures, making it classic Luis Buñuel!
When a revolution breaks out in a South American mining town, a roguish adventurer (Georges Marchal), an aging miner (Charles Vanel), a beautiful prostitute (Simone Signoret), a deaf mute (Michèle Girardon) and an activist minister (Michel Piccoli) escape the despotic regime and flee to the jungle.