Great Chicken Scenes #1: ‘El Bruto’ (1952)

Given that I work as a film critic for my day job, I naturally can’t resist celebrating some of the great chicken scenes that have graced the silver screen over the last century and a bit, so this will be a regular feature on this blog.

And we’re starting with one of my favourites, in Luis Buñuel’s undeservedly obscure Mexican film El bruto (1952), aka The Brute, in which the villainous Katy Jurado comes face to face with a rooster as she skulks away from the scene of a crime.  It’s as close to a perfect ending as I’ve ever encountered – and yet, like much else in Buñuel’s work, its effect is both weirdly potent and largely inexplicable.

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