Illusion Travels by Streetcar AND The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz | Chicago Reader

Illusion Travels by Streetcar AND The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

Two features from Luis Buñuel's "commercial" Mexican period. Illusion Travels by Streetcar (1953, 90 min.) is a surprisingly gentle folk comedy in which two streetcar conductors find that their car is going to be retired and take it out for a last run through the streets of Mexico City. The undoubted highlight is Buñuel's interpretation of Paradise Lost, performed by the local dramatic society. Not a great Buñuel, but it has a certain warmth that his other films often lack—to say the least. Archibaldo (1955, 90 min.) shows the master working without the complete freedom he was granted later on, but he is still able to put some bizarre—and very funny—personal touches on this story, about a man obsessed with the idea that the music box he owned as a child has the power to kill.

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