Video Review

Illusion Travels By Streetcar (1991)

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genres: Drama, Foreign Language, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Lilia Prado and Carlos Navarro

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-

Originally posted Apr 12, 1991 Published in issue #61 Apr 12, 1991 Order article reprints

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