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Release Date:
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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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)
 
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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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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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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991)See more »
Soundtrack:
RequiemSee more »

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73 out of 83 people found the following review useful.
we haven't gotten very far at all, 22 January 2005
Author: jogrant from Kent & Madrid

This film portrays the abysmal differences between people with different educations and senses of morality. At the same time, it is a commentary on the hopelessness of a society where no one understands why the status quo should be tampered with. No summary could really do this film justice since the visual impressions and symbols are just as important as the express message portrayed by the events.

But here goes: A novice is forced by circumstances to leave her convent and visit her uncle, falling under the influence of her world wise cousin. She tries to maintain her ideals by doing good works but is taken advantage of and despised by the very people she means to help.

Viridiana was the first film Buñuel filmed from exile and (so the story goes) the church was in an uproar and adamant that it be censored. Perhaps this is because none of the characters seem to give a fig about the teachings of the church except for the novice. Perhaps it is because one of the messages that seems clear is that the church is ineffectual in its efforts to improve the human condition. However, the depth of the story speaks more to the social condition in general -similar in all of Europe at the time- and the church was merely a part of that.

It is possible that a superficial viewing might interpret the characters to represent specific political factions from the era when the film was made but I believe that is an error. Even Franco, if we are to believe what we are told today, didn't personally see anything wrong with the film when he saw it and his order that all copies be destroyed was given in the interest of appeasing the church. People who appreciate quality film will be grateful that at least one copy survived the mass destruction by being sent to France.

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