Snag a Ride to Luis Buñuel’s Surrealist Ode to Mass Transit: Illusion Travels By Streetcar in 35mm!

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $5 • NEIU Students: $2

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Tuesday, October 13 @ 7:00 PM
Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1954
On the night before it’s set to be sent to the scrapyard, a conductor (Carlos Navarro) and fare collector (Fernando Soto) take streetcar number 133 on one last joyride through Mexico City, giving free rides to anyone who will take them. (At one point, 133 is filled with butchers – and their enormous slabs of meat – who just finished working the late shift). Our two heroes wake up in the back of the car hungover, and race to return it before their supervisor notices. Shot quickly on location in three weeks, Illusion Travels by Streetcar has the creaky energy and humor of an early talkie. A plea against the reckless and incompetent destruction of things which are perfectly useful by bean counters who are perfectly useless, Illusion Travels by Streetcar is also an unsentimental, humanist ode to machines and the “little” people who care for them, hence an NWCFS natural. (JA)
In Spanish with English subtitles
82 min • Clasa Films Mundiales • 35mm from Kino Lorber
Introduced by Paul A Schroeder Rodriguez, Professor of Spanish, NEIU

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