- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 27, 2009
- Originally Released: 1956
- Label: Microcinema
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Audio commentary by film scholar Ernesto R. Acevedo-Munoz
- New video interviews with actor Michel Piccoli and film scholar Victor Fuentes
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 08/26/1977
"...Full of marvelous, uniquely Buñelian moments..."
New York Times - 11/13/2009
"Like many of Bunuel's Mexican films DEATH IN THE GARDEN works at once as a commercial genre picture and as a clandestine act of social subversion."
A wandering adventurer comes across an Amazonian village just as a riot is breaking out over the government's nationalization of the diamond mines. Escaping in a boat with an old prospector, his deaf-mute daughter and a French prostitute, the man and his new cohorts journey into the jungle where primordial forces bring out their true natures.
Although it has much in common with adventure films, Luis Bunuel's "Death in the Garden" offers a subtle examination of some of his favorite themes: religion, betrayal and greed.
Set in a South American country where mining is a major source of income, the drama examines what happens when the repressive government tries to revoke the claims staked by some poor prospectors. After the edict leads to a violent revolt, a diverse group, which includes a prostitute, miners, a priest, a trader and a deaf-mute girl, tries to escape through the jungle.
As frequently happens in the Bunuelian world, the individuals break down under pressure in ways both selfish and noble.