Mexican Bus Ride / Subida al Cielo (1951)

All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this film series concentrates on the Mexican films of Luis Buñuel
The Films of Luis Buñuel in Mexico
Sunday, September 27, 2009
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Young Oliverio is forced to interrupt his marriage ceremony after receiving word that his mother is dying. She asks Oliverio to fetch a distant lawyer to write her will. During his trip on an old beaten down bus, he is confronted by unforeseen difficulties and the flirtations of a young woman. In Spanish with English subtitles. Not Rated. (85 min.)

Film Series - The Films of Luis Buñuel in Mexico

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Kansas City Public Library presents a retrospective of films by influential director Luis Buñuel at 2 p.m. on Sundays throughout September and October 2009 at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

A native of Spain best known for his French films L’Age D’Or (1930) and Belle de Jour (1967), Luis Buñuel immigrated to Mexico in the late 1940s. Film historians recognized this period as particularly productive for Buñuel. He refined his craft – even winning a Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1950 – and helped define Mexican identity during a turbulent time. 

Every film in the series was shot on location in Mexico and will be introduced by a film scholar from either the University of Kansas or the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

This series is co-sponsored by the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City and the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of a yearlong celebration of the bicentennial of Mexican Independence, as well as the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Kansas. The Films of Luis Buñuel in Mexico is made possible in part by Televisa and the Televisa Foundation.

The film line-up includes:

The Great Madcap / El Gran Calavera (1949) on September 13. The rich and drunken widower Ramiro allows his family to exploit him – except for his outraged brother Gregorio, who convinces his relatives that Ramiro is ruined and that the family must work to survive. Considered Buñuel’s first comeback film since L’Age d’Or. In Spanish with English subtitles. Not Rated. (90 min.)

Daughter of Deceit / La Hija del Engaño (1951) on September 20. When he discovers his wife’s infidelity, Quintin abandons Maria and their daughter Lencho after he is told that she is not his child. Years later, his ex-wife convinces Quintin that she lied about his paternity and urges him to seek out his daughter. In Spanish with English subtitles. Not Rated. (80 min.)

Mexican Bus Ride / Subida al Cielo (1951) on September 27. Young Oliverio is forced to interrupt his marriage ceremony after receiving word that his mother is dying. She asks Oliverio to fetch a distant lawyer to write her will. During his trip on an old beaten down bus, he is confronted by unforeseen difficulties and the flirtations of a young woman. In Spanish with English subtitles. Not Rated. (85 min.)

Illusion Travels by Streetcar / La Ilusión Viaja en Tranvía (1953) on October 4. When they find out that the 133 tram is being retired from service, Caireles and Tarrajas decide to steal it. During the night they serve an eclectic group of people that include a couple of nuns, a teacher with his students, and some rake workers. The next morning, Caireles and Tarrajas try to take the tram back, but they are faced with the obstinacy of Papá Pinillos, an inspector who insists on turning them in to the authorities. In Spanish with English subtitles.  Not Rated. (90 min.)

Nazarín (1958) on October 11. A humble priest, Nazarín shares the misery of the needy that live near the small town of Chanfa in the early 1900s. After protecting a prostitute responsible for starting a fire that destroys a hostel, Nazarín is forced to flee the town. While traveling, his own actions cause conflicts that go against his vision of Christian charity. Winner of the Grand Prix International at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. In Spanish with English subtitles. Not Rated. (95 min.)