The Illusion Travels By Streetcar

  • 1954
  • 1 HR 24 MIN
  • NR
  • Drama

Although made in 1954, THE ILLUSION TRAVELS BY STREETCAR did not have its American premiere until 1977. The film is one of a number from Bunuel's Mexican period, when the director was allowed almost complete control over his material, therefore allowing him to include as many satirical and metaphorical statements against religion and the state as he desired....read more

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Although made in 1954, THE ILLUSION TRAVELS BY STREETCAR did not have its American premiere until 1977. The film is one of a number from Bunuel's Mexican period, when the director was allowed almost complete control over his material, therefore allowing him to include as many satirical and

metaphorical statements against religion and the state as he desired. The story concerns two men who have just discovered that the old streetcar they have painstakingly repaired will no longer be needed for service. Having become quite attached to this product of their labor, they decide to sneak

into the garage that night and take the car out for one last run. However, they are forced to keep it out all the next day as well, for they have to wait until night to sneak the car back in. Driving through the streets of the city they pick up a number of passengers, who become suspicious when

they discover they do not have to pay. Bunuel's total control over the film does result in a heavy-handed treatment of the characters who load onto the streetcar; nevertheless, enough surreal and satirical images are presented to keep any serious student of film happy as well as provide audiences

with a decent chuckle or two. (In Spanish; English subtitles.)

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