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The Milky Way (1969)
"La voie lactée" (original title)

M  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  15 March 1969 (France)
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Two drifters go on a pilgrimage from France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Along the way, they hitchhike, beg for food, and face the Christian dogmas and heresies from different Ages.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Frankeur ...
Laurent Terzieff ...
Jean
Alain Cuny ...
L'homme à la cape / Man with cape
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Bernard Verley ...
François Maistre ...
Le curé fou / French Priest
Claude Cerval ...
Le brigadier / Brigadier
Muni ...
La mère supérieure / Mother Superior
Julien Bertheau ...
Richard 'maître d'hôtel' / Maitre d'Hotel
Ellen Bahl ...
Madame Garnier
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Agnès Capri ...
La directrice de l'institution Lamartine / Teacher
Michel Etcheverry ...
L'inquisiteur / The Inquisitor
Pierre Clémenti ...
Georges Marchal ...
Le jésuite / The Jesuit
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Two drifters go on a pilgrimage from France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Along the way, they hitchhike, beg for food, and face the Christian dogmas and heresies from different Ages.

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Comedy | Drama

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According to his autobiography, _My Last Sigh_, Luis Buñuel got the idea of making the film after reading _Historia de los heterodoxos españoles_ by Marcelino Menéndez y Pelayo. See more »

Goofs

During the seen with the "free love" Catholics in the forest, the wide angle shots are taken during the day, while the close-ups and medium shots are clearly not during the day. See more »

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One of Bunuel's best
11 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think this is one of Bunuel's best and most hilarious films. I saw it originally in the eighties at Cinema Village in NYC. It was in a packed house too. Very informed, nothing snobby about it, just a very funny film. And of course it's a touch surreal. If you're interested in religion, or perhaps the early history of the catholic church, check this one out. You'll laugh so much your sides will ache, your heart will pitter pat. One of my top ten desert island films. Highly recommended by ME! Now that it's on DVD there's no excuse to not see it. It almost made me want to 'do' a pilgrimage through Europe. Jesus laughed! Viva Bunuel!


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