Death in the Garden (La Mort en ce jardin)
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Death in the Garden (La Mort en ce jardin)
Recharging his creative batteries with a "commercial" venture, director Luis Bunuel came up with the stylish if undistinguished La Mort en ce Jardin (Death in This Garden). Set in a steaming jungle, the film concerns a disparate group of refugees from a despotic military regime. Among these worthies is "good time girl" Djin (Simone Signoret), ageing miner Castin (Charles Vanel) and deaf-mute Marie (Michele Girardon). The deeper the protagonists venture into the jungle, the more Bunuel's patented surrealism begins to surface. Only two of the escapees survive the ordeal,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Death in the Garden is a kind of halfway house for the film genius, made when he had yet to receive the acclaim that would give him full control of his movies, but after he had been taken seriously enough by the money men."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The film is less about eroding beliefs than acknowledging the fragility of their certainty"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"One of the masters of cinema continually thrills because he grabs us from the outside (i.e., through social commentary) and the inside (by tapping into the psychological)."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
"Signoret's frenzy becomes her character's, enervating an otherwise humdrum melodrama."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"No masterpiece, but a prime example of subversive cinema."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"... a wonderfully cynical thriller filled with brilliant Bunuelian flourishes and a grim sense of futility."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Spanish-born director Luis Buñuel had such a distinctive style and outlook that even his minor films are fascinating to watch."
‑ Dan Lybarger,
"Luis Bunuel's rarely seen "Death in the Garden" (1955) is a survivalist suspense film with a subtle dose of political and religious commentary."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Brilliant neglected action/adventure film written and directed by Luis Buñuel."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's not an obvious artistic masterpiece, but it is a case of a brilliant, talented director making the most out of a routine project."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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