Death in the Garden

La mort en ce jardin
Death in the Garden

La mort en ce jardin Spanish poster
Directed by Luis Buñuel
Produced by Óscar Dancigers
David Mage
Written by Luis Alcoriza
Luis Buñuel
Gabriel Arout
Starring Simone Signoret
Charles Vanel
Georges Marchal
Michel Piccoli
Michèle Girardon
Distributed by Producciones Tepeyac, Films Dismage
Release dates
21 September 1956 (France)
Running time
97 min.
Language French

La mort en ce jardin ("Death in the Garden") is a 1956 film by director Luis Buñuel based on the novel by Jose-Andre Lacour.

Amid a revolution in a South American mining outpost, a band of fugitives—a roguish adventurer (Georges Marchal), a local hooker (Simone Signoret), a priest (Michel Piccoli), an aging diamond miner (Charles Vanel), and the miner's deaf-mute daughter (Michèle Girardon)—are forced to flee for their lives into the jungle. Starving, exhausted, and stripped of their old identities, they wander desperately lured by one deceptive promise of salvation after another. Shot in vibrant Eastmancolor and featuring a star-studded cast, Death in the Garden is an adventure film with Surrealist gestures and symbolism. Additional dialogue was written by Raymond Queneau.

Filmed during the period when Buñuel was rising as a promising figure of surrealist cinema, Death in the Garden proposes a sort of psychological mirror-image of Franco’s Spain from which Buñuel exiled himself, with rebellions and oppressors galore.[1]



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