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Nazarin (1959)

Nazarín (original title)
A priest in a poor community lives a charitable life in accordance with his religious principles, but many others do not return the favor.



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Cast overview:
Marga López ...
Padre Nazario
Rita Macedo ...
El sacrílego
Ofelia Guilmáin ...
Luis Aceves Castañeda ...
El parricida
Noé Murayama ...
El pinto
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 <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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20 June 1968 (USA)  »

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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 »


Don Angel - the priest: Now they're saying you had a scandalous, dishonest and dirty relationship with that woman.
Father Nazario: Slander. Plain slander.
Don Angel - the priest: l know you wouldn't dare. Besides, if you were to succumb to such a demon it wouldn't be with that ugly creature.
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Religion Don Quixote
3 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Nazarin is some kind of saint,he wants to live in life exactly how Christ taught man to do.But it's too late:now the Catholic Church is in the hands of a wealthy bourgeoisie,the bishops live in luxury and don't give a damn about the poor and the sick.That's why our hero can't follow the way his hierarchy asks him to follow.So he divests himself of everything,and on his way to purity,he's joined by some kind of Mary Magdelene and a woman who's attracted by him sexually (the scene between this girl and her fiancé is telling).In Spain (it was the late fifties),they thought Nazarin was a Christian movie!Knowing Luis Bunuel,it was downright incongruous:all his work is anticlerical to a fault.Comparing Nazarin and his "holy women" to Jesus is a nonsense.On Nazarin's way,only brambles and couch grass grow.His attempt at helping working men on the road is a failure,he's chased out as a strike-breaker.All his words amount to nothing.At the end of the journey,he's arrested and offered a pineapple by a woman(Bunuelian sexual symbol). Thanks to "Nazarin" ,Bunuel was allowed to return to Spain (where the censors had not got a clue ) and to direct "Viridiana".

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