The city and the dogs

The City and the Dogs

Country: Perú
Release Date: 18 June 1985
Genre(s): Drama
Director: Francisco José Lombardi
Cast: Pablo Serra, Gustavo Bueno, Luis Álvarez, Juan Manuel Ochoa, Eduardo Adrianzén, ...
Awards: Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival:Interfilm Award - Honorable Mention: Francisco Lombardi; San Sebastián International Film Festival: Best Director: Francisco Lombardi

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The City and the Dogs

The city and the dogs - sceneThe City and the Dogs (original title: La Ciudad y Los Perros) is based on the book of Mario Vargas Llosa “La cuidad y los perros” (translated to English as “The Time of the Hero”). The movie shows common problems in the society, as racism, corruption, etc, in the context of a military high school, in Lima, Peru.

Fransisco Lombardi is possibly Peru’s best-known filmmaker, and this is widely seen as his most successful film. It is also a film that evokes without sentimentality the roots of a brutal military culture.


Plot

Juan Manuel Ochoa plays a tough young cadet who rules a student clique called The Circle, which supplies the other boys with forbidden cigarettes, booze and pornography, and even provides answers to upcoming tests. When Ochoa is caught, he places blame on Eduardo Adriazen, the weakest member of the Circle. Adriazen informs on Ochoa, who subsequently kills him. During the investigation of Adriazen’s death, the academy tries to cover up the crime lest the institution be destroyed by the scandal. The principal whistle-blower, a sensitive young “outsider” (Pablo Serra), is himself discredited because it is he who has been writing the pornography that Ochoa has been selling. In a bleakly cynical climax, Ochoa is browbeaten by peer pressure into confessing, but the commanding officer (Gustavo Bueno), looking out for his own future, refuses to listen. ~ Source: Hal Erickson, Rovi


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Data Sheet

Directed by: Francisco J. Lombardi
Written by: Mario Vargas Llosa (book) and José Watanabe
Cast:
Pablo Serra, Gustavo Bueno, Luis Álvarez, Juan Manuel Ochoa, Eduardo Adrianzén, …
Release date: 18 June 1985
Running time: 135 minutes
Country: Perú
Language: Spanish

Amazon’s Customers Reviews

Excellent peruvian film based on a novel by Mario Vargas Llosa By Christian Uribe
“La ciudad y los Perros” is based on the book of Mario Vargas Llosa “La cuidad y los perros” (translated as “The Time of the Hero”). The movie shows common problems in the society, as racism, corruption, etc, in the context of a military high school, in Lima, Peru.

Francisco Lombardi is probably the latin director with more movies and international awards.

The book was published in the early 60s and the movie was filmed in the early 80s. It is highly recommended for lovers of latin literature and films.

Fantastic By Michael Linksvayer
Fantastic portrayal of a corrupt military school, with well played and developed central characters.

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