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19 March 1962 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Buñuels superb, subversive denial of religious ethics See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Silvia Pinal ... Viridiana
Francisco Rabal ... Jorge

Fernando Rey ... Don Jaime
José Calvo ... Don Amalio (as Jose Calvo)
Margarita Lozano ... Ramona
José Manuel Martín ... El Cojo (as Jose Manuel Martin)
Victoria Zinny ... Lucia
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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alicia Jorge Barriga ... Beggar (uncredited)
Claudio Brook ... (uncredited)
Juan García Tiendra ... José 'El Leproso' (uncredited)
Palmira Guerra ... Beggar (uncredited)
José María Lado ... Mayor (uncredited)
Joaquin Mayol ... Beggar (uncredited)
Sergio Mendizábal ... El Pelón (uncredited)
Narciso Ojeda ... (uncredited)
Francisco René ... Moncho (uncredited)
Milagros Tomás ... Beggar (uncredited)
Rosita Yarza ... Mother Superior (uncredited)

Directed by
Luis Buñuel 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Julio Alejandro 
Luis Buñuel 
Benito Pérez Galdós  novel "Halma" (uncredited)

Produced by
Gustavo Alatriste .... producer
Ricardo Muñoz Suay .... executive producer
Pere Portabella .... executive producer (as Pedro Portabella)
 
Original Music by
Gustavo Pittaluga 
 
Cinematography by
José F. Aguayo  (as Jose F. Aguayo)
 
Film Editing by
Pedro del Rey 
 
Set Decoration by
Francisco Canet 
 
Production Management
Gustavo Quintana .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Juan Luis Buñuel .... assistant director (as J.L. Buñuel)
José Puyol .... assistant director (as J. Puyol)
 
Sound Department
Aurelio García Tijeras .... sound engineer (as A. Garcia Tijeras)
 
Music Department
Gustavo Pittaluga .... music selection (as Gustavo Pitaluga)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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90 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Klangfilm-Magnetocord)

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Finnish censorship visa register # 61407 delivered on 3-5-1962.See more »
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48 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Buñuels superb, subversive denial of religious ethics, 23 April 2003
Author: Audun Bråten (braugen@hotmail.com) from Oslo, Norway

Few film directors have worked with the sheer power and subversiveness that Spanish-born Luis Buñuel have. "Viridiana" is one of the best examples of the exiled Spaniard's feelings towards religious faith and its virtues- or his strong denial of religion as a virtue.

Buñuel started out as a Surrealist, and although he left the Surrealist Circle of Paris lead by André Breton, he always kept elements of Surrealism in his work, to the bitter end. So too in "Viridiana", where dreams play a small, but important part of the narrative, dreams being the Surrealists' main theme as a way of discovering repressed sexuality and aggression. Viridiana is a young nun who is, on the grounds of showing human compassion, talked into visiting her uncle Don Jaime, who is ill. Don Jaime, played by Buñuel regular Fernando Rey, is caring, but perverse. He falls in love with his niece, and does everything with the help of his maid, to keep Viridiana from parting to the convent, including lying to her and seducing her while she is trainquilized.

I am not going to give away all the events of the film, but the corruption of humanity and Christianity are soon evident, as Viridiana tries to help poor beggars and give them a worthy life. Her attempts at Christian charity are only met with self-pity and egocentricity, as the beggars go on a rampage reminiscient of the last supper of Jesus christ and his disciples. Violence, murder, gluttony and rape are all included to make a clear picture of the way the beggars have lost their human virtues to the hardship of poverty. We see the events through Viridiana's eyes, and everything she goes through suggests a broken belief in the goodness of both human beings and the faith she kept for so long.

A masterpiece in revolutionary cinema, this film won the Palm d' Or at Cannes in 1961, and the Spanish Board of Film were all fired afterwards, as Franco's regime could not quite swallow that "Viridiana" was the official Spanish contribution to the Festival.

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