in about 100 words or less
Mexico/US 95m, B&W
Director: Luis Buñuel; Cast: Zachary Scott, Bernie Hamilton, Key Meersman, Crahan Denton, Claudio Brook
A gamekeeper living on an island in the southern United States with a recently orphaned and naive young girl is joined by a black jazz musician who is falsely accused of raping a white woman. A dark and disturbingly provocative film, The Young One is a sophisticated condemnation of racism and moral hypocrisy in which Buñuel contrasts the “rape” of a white woman by a black man, to the statutory rape of a white girl by a middle-aged bigoted white man. Widely misunderstood at the time it was made, La Joven is now recognized as a powerful and realistic psychological drama in the same vein as To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) (Klaus Ming March 2015).