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Viridiana
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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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The Definitive Religious Films: 10-1
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: L’eclisse
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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)
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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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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Klangfilm-Magnetocord)

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First film of Teresa Rabal (as Teresita Rabal).See more »
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Referenced in My Voyage to Italy (2001)See more »
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30 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Buñuelesque Extravaganza, 30 August 2001
Author: Keith F. Hatcher from La Rioja, Spain

Forty years on and `Viridiana' is one of the very few, almost unique, examples of classical Spanish cinema to have survived the turmoil of the latter half of the last century. It remains as a little light in the midst of the darkness of the Franco Régime, which promptly banned it, or as an insouciance to the Vatican, which promptly excomulgated everyone concerned with it.

Buñuel's genius is apparent in every frame: the eye for detail, nonetheless permitting that impromptu evanesqueness which lends exquisiteness to these memorable scenes, above which shines the `Last Supper'. And it is precisely this scene which gives one the impression that the real stars in the making of this film were the motley beggars taken in from the streets. Silvia Pinal and Francisco `Paco' Rabal are not outstanding in this piece; even the incomparable Fernando Rey is overshadowed by the band of social outcasts. The sheer poeticness so brilliantly captured by the camera roaming among the vagabonds is cinematographic exquisiteness carried to its extreme: every grimace, every wrinkled nose, the debauchery, is what makes the principal actors be no such thing, but secondary actors overwhelmed by the nuances and gestures of these `untouchables". Brilliant filming, indeed – whether intentional or not or whether this be only my personal interpretation after seeing this film three times in the last twenty five years, is of course open to debate.

Suffice just to mention Lola Gaos: (Tristana (1970) – also by Buñuel - is one of her other films worthy of mention, surprisingly accepted by the censor's blue pen). In the 70s her voice began to break up, such that in the end she lived out her last years in poverty, forgotten by the times and cinema makers, until hauled out of hiding for a last TV appearance, sardonic way of giving her a few pennies to eke out to the end of her existence, but by then (1989) her voice was so fragmented it was near impossible to understand her. Her throat-cancer was never treated adequately.

Luis Buñuel (`Thank God I am an atheist') has gone; Fernando Rey has gone; Paco Rabal died yesterday in an aeroplane flying over the English Channel, returning from the Montreal Film Festival where he received his last award…….

They leave `Viridiana' as testament to those historical and difficult times, an isolated exposé amid what was, for Spain, a cinematographical desert.

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