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Viridiana (1961) Poster

(1961)

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The original ending of the film showed Viridiana knocking on her cousin's door, entering, and the door closing slowly behind her. This version was rejected by Spanish censors.
Initially banned in Spain and completely denounced by the Vatican.
For the famous The Last Supper scene, because the number of homeless people wasn't enough to match the actual amount of men present at The Last Supper, Buñuel made three crew members dressed like beggars, appear on the photo, and then disappear.
The script was initially approved by the Spanish authorities with a few minor changes. They had no opportunity to view the finished film until it played at the Cannes Film Festival where it won the Palme d'Or. Nevertheless they were sufficiently horrified by what they saw to ban the film.
Voted best Spanish film by professionals and critics in 1996 Spanish cinema centenary.
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."
After years of living in Mexico, Luis Buñuel was persuaded to make his first film in his native Spain since 1936 by the vanguard of young contemporary Spanish film-makers who admired his work.
The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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First film of Teresa Rabal (as Teresita Rabal).
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Finnish censorship visa register # 61407 delivered on 3-5-1962.
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