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Viridiana (1961)

 -  Drama  -  19 March 1962 (USA)
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Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior.

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Francisco Rabal ...
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José Calvo ...
Don Amalio (as Jose Calvo)
Margarita Lozano ...
José Manuel Martín ...
El Cojo (as Jose Manuel Martin)
Victoria Zinny ...
Luis Heredia ...
Manuel 'El Poca'
Joaquín Roa ...
Señor Zequiel (as Joaquin Roa)
Lola Gaos ...
Enedina
María Isbert ...
Beggar (as Maruja Isbert)
Teresa Rabal ...
Rita (as Teresita Rabal)
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Storyline

Viridiana, a young novice about to take her final vows as a nun, accedes to a request from her widowed uncle to visit him. Moved purely by a sense of obligation, she does so. Her uncle is moved by her resemblance to his late wife to attempt to seduce Viridiana, and tragedy ensues. In the aftermath, Viridiana tries to assuage her guilt by creating a haven for the destitute folk who live around her uncle's estate. But from these good intentions, too, comes little good. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

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ESP 112,061,100 (Spain)
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Voted best Spanish film by professionals and critics in 1996 Spanish cinema centenary. See more »

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Et Incarnatus Est
, from "Mass in B minor" (BMV 232)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
(1749)
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A hymn to human nature
7 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a great movie. It is an investigation of the human nature and attempts to tell an interesting story about the suppression of our inner instincts. Bunuel, once again, compares the morality that comes from inside us, i.e., the morality of the subconscious, against the morality which imposed by society and the various religious organizations.

Bunuel seems sacrilegious, but I think that his movie attacks false piety as opposed to the deeper mysteries of the Catholic faith. Viridiana in the movie is not considerate of her uncle's passion for her and that kills the old man. Her punishment comes later from the unworthy beggars. The moral of the story is that we'd better investigate our flaws and strengths before attempting any encounter with other members of the society. Nobody is perfect and there are different ways to help people out there effectively. Honest work is sometimes more effective than useless acts of charity. If we do not know our selves and we cannot understand others we may deeply hurt people we care for.

All these ideas came to my mind while watching "Viridiana". What a great movie it is. One of the great moments of the movie is a side by side viewing of the honest workers renovating the mansion and the unworthy beggars praying in the fields.


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