“La ilusión viaja en tranvía” (English title: “Illusion Travels by Streetcar”) is a Mexican film directed by Luis Buñuel. It was released in 1954 and is considered one of Buñuel’s most important works.
The film tells the story of two tram operators, Caireles and Tarrajas, who work on the same line but have very different personalities. Caireles is a dreamer and an idealist, while Tarrajas is practical and focused on his job. When Caireles wins a lottery prize, he decides to use the money to fulfill his lifelong dream of taking a trip to the coast with his fellow workers. However, Tarrajas sees this as an opportunity to take advantage of Caireles’ money and plans to use it for his own personal gain.
“Illusion Travels by Streetcar” is known for its satirical portrayal of Mexican society and its exploration of class differences. It delves into the themes of ambition, social inequality, and the pursuit of dreams. The film combines elements of comedy, drama, and surrealism, which are characteristic of Buñuel’s style.