Illusion Travels By Streetcar - La Ilusión Viaja en Tranvía

Screening of Luis Buñuel's Film

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 7:30pm

Illusion Travels by Streetcar - La Ilusion Viaja en Tranvia  - a film by Luis Bunuel

Tickets $10 - all tickets available at the VPES price!

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Doors open 7pm, Screening begins at 7:30pm



Directed by Luis Buñuel. With Lilia Prado, Carlos Navarro, Fernando Soto
Mexico 1954, 35mm, b/w, 90 min. Spanish with English subtitles. Digital Projection

Join the Velaslavasay Panorama Enthusiast Society and the Luis Buñuel Film Institute for a special screening of this landmark film by Luis Buñuel.  Set in Mexico City, Illusion Travels by Streetcar tells the tale of two tram repairmen whose favorite car is about to be retired and dismantled. After protesting in vain to the management, the men decide to take the car on a drunken spree around the city for one last run. The two drive all night, picking up an eclectic group of characters along the way and then attempting to return the beloved vehicle to the depot before they are discovered. One of Buñuel’s broadest and most underrated comedies, Illusion Travels by Streetcar is a biting satire of bourgeois values that takes aim at the director’s favorite targets: Church and State.

The film will be preceeded with a brief pictorial overview of the erstwhile Los Angeles trolley system, including the Los Angeles Inter-Urban Railway line which once rolled past the Union Theatre on 24th Street, home of the Velaslavasay  Panorama.

This screening is part of a series leading up to the Los Angeles International Neon Jubilee - a street festival to celebrate the relighting of the historic neon marquee of the Union Theatre- home of the Velaslavasay Panorama since 2005 - on September 10th, 2016.

Los Angeles Inter-Urban Railway Co. on 24th Street