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Illusion Travels by StreetcarAny film by the great Spanish surrealist Luis Buñuel is worth watching, even if it's relatively minor Buñuel. Here is a grim and funny story of...Illusion Travels by StreetcarSci-fi and Fantasy, Foreign Language, DramaUnratedAny film by the great Spanish surrealist Luis Buñuel is worth watching, even if it's relatively minor Buñuel. Here is a grim and funny story of...1991-04-12
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Illusion Travels by Streetcar

Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy, Foreign Language, Drama; Starring: Lilia Prado, Carlos Navarro; Director: Luis Bunuel; MPAA Rating: Unrated

Any film by the great Spanish surrealist Luis Buñuel is worth watching, even if it’s relatively minor Buñuel. Here is a grim and funny story of two laid-off transit workers who drunkenly steal a Mexico City streetcar one night for one last spin before the car is retired to the junkyard. On board, the fellows encounter a cross section of humanity — a nobleman, cruel schoolchildren, meat-factory workers, criminals, an irritating gossip — and, as usual, Buñuel’s theme is ”What fools these mortals be.” The streetcar functions fluently as a metaphor for the stop-and-start vagaries of existence. Yet Illusion Travels By Streetcar could have used a bit more bite and certainly better pacing. This time around, illusion should have taken a taxi. B-

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