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Viridiana (1961)

Not Rated  |   |  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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Cast

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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:

19 March 1962 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Gross:

ESP 112,061,100 (Spain)
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(Klangfilm-Magnetocord)

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1.66 : 1
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Conchita Buñuel said the costumes in the film were authentic. "We scoured the outlying districts of Madrid for them, particularly under bridges, giving poor people new clothes in exchange for their rags, which were then disinfected but not washed." See more »

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Hallejujah Chorus
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from "The Messiah"
Written by George Frideric Handel
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Classic Brunuel.

Viridiana (1961) is a tale about a young nun who's so into her faith that she tries to do what she feels is morally and ethically right. Sadly, the world has changed and no matter how hard she tries to help those around her, it all winds up biting her in the end. Viridiana is a rare masterpiece that reflects the attitudes of the society that people (such as that "lovable" despot Franco) had created and the archaic teachings of the Catholic Church. The poor nun is one of the last of the true believers who adhere's to the dogma of the Church even when most of their leaders have abandoned it. Even the poor masses (whom she relies on) fail her. Can she remain true to her faith when everyone else around her ignores it?

A classic Brunuel film. I enjoy his style of film-making. Especially the way he uses social commentary and makes it entertaining instead of being preachy and hitting the viewers over the head with his "ideals". A hard film to find but it's highly enjoyable. The best scene in the film his the beggars re-enactment of the "Last Supper" painting. Film-making at it's best!

Highest recommendation.

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