Nazarin (1959)
"Nazarín" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  20 June 1968 (USA)
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Nazarin is a priest, attempting to living a pure and honest life strictly according to Christian principles - but others only show him distrust and hatred, apart from the local prostitute...



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Cast overview:
Marga López ...
Francisco Rabal ...
Padre Nazario
Rita Macedo ...
El sacrílego
Ofelia Guilmáin ...
Luis Aceves Castañeda ...
El parricida
Noé Murayama ...
El pinto
Rosenda Monteros ...
La prieta
Jesús Fernández ...
Ujo el enano
Ada Carrasco ...
Antonio Bravo ...
Don Pablo, architecto
Aurora Molina ...
La Camella
David Reynoso ...


Nazarin is a priest, attempting to living a pure and honest life strictly according to Christian principles - but others only show him distrust and hatred, apart from the local prostitute... Written by Michael Brooke <>

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In his autobiography, 'My Last Sigh', Luis Buñuel said the dying woman in the plague scene was inspired by _Dialog Between a Priest and a Dying Man_ by Marquis de Sade. See more »


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A man of God
7 May 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Nazarin" directed by Luis Bunuel presents an extraordinary view of religion in Mexico. As written by the director and Julio Alejandro, his notable collaborator, this was a film that put Mexican cinema in the international map after receiving the Grand Prix in Cannes that year. It's a disturbing film because Mr. Bunuel delves deep into what's wrong with the church.

Nazarin, by all reckoning, is a saint. This young priest is seen living a life of poverty in a seedy pension of a city. He doesn't have enough for himself, but he doesn't mind parting with a coin when a beggar appears by his window asking for help. At the same time, he takes into his small room a prostitute that has been hurt in a fight with another woman. Andara, the woman repays his kindness by burning the room and the whole building! Nazarin is seen taking to the countryside begging for food. Andara and Beatriz, two prostitutes from his old town follow him. Nazarin's life parallels that of Jesus. In fact, this saintly figure makes a case for humility.

Of course,Mr. Bunuel had no religion in mind when he and Mr. Alejandro took it upon themselves to create this film. It's ironic how Spain welcomed him after this film was released because they saw it as showing Christian qualities, when in reality, this is an acerbic satire on the catholic church and its ministers.

Francisco Rabal, the Spanish actor, makes a wonderful Nazarin. This was one of his best roles. Mr. Rabal worked extensively in his native country, but also in Mexico and Argentina. Rita Macedo, as Andara, is also excellent. Marga Lopez also makes a valuable contribution with her portrayal of Beatriz.

A great film by one of the cinema's master film makers: Luis Bunuel.

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