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Nazarin (1959)

Nazarín (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 20 June 1968 (USA)
A priest in a poor community lives a charitable life in accordance with his religious principles, but many others do not return the favor.

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Luis Buñuel

Writers:

Julio Alejandro (adapted for the screen by), Luis Buñuel (adapted for the screen by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Marga López ... Beatriz
Francisco Rabal ... Padre Nazario
Rita Macedo ... Andara
Ignacio López Tarso ... El sacrílego
Ofelia Guilmáin ... Chanfa
Luis Aceves Castañeda ... El parricida
Noé Murayama ... El pinto
Rosenda Monteros ... La prieta
Jesús Fernández Jesús Fernández ... Ujo el enano
Ada Carrasco ... Josefa
Antonio Bravo Antonio Bravo ... Don Pablo, architecto
Aurora Molina Aurora Molina ... La Camella
David Reynoso ... Juan
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Nazarin is a priest, attempting to living a pure and honest life strictly according to Christian principles - but others only show him distrust and hatred, apart from the local prostitute... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

20 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nazarin See more »

Filming Locations:

Jonacatepec, Morelos, Mexico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Two supporting actors, Ignacio López Tarso, the good prisoner in Nazarin, and Ofelia Guilmáin, Chafa, starred in related epics about Mexican history. López Tarso played General Eduardo Álvarez in Senda de Gloria (1987) and Ofelia Guilmáin took the part of Doña Macaria de Soto, her real son's mother-in-law in La Antorcha Encendida (1996). See more »

Quotes

Don Angel - the priest: Now they're saying you had a scandalous, dishonest and dirty relationship with that woman.
Father Nazario: Slander. Plain slander.
Don Angel - the priest: l know you wouldn't dare. Besides, if you were to succumb to such a demon it wouldn't be with that ugly creature.
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How to live a perfect life in a corrupted world?
24 March 2006 | by GalinaSee all my reviews

Octavio Paz, Mexican poet, writer, and diplomat, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990, said about "Nazarin": "Nazarin follows the great tradition of mad Spaniards originated by Cervantes. His madness consists in taking seriously great ideas and trying to live accordingly". A humble and spiritual priest (Francisco Rabal in a wonderful performance) attempts to live by the principles of Christianity but is cast out of his church for helping a local prostitute by giving her a shelter after she had committed a murder. Nazarin wanders the country roads of the turn of the 20th-century Mexico, offering help to poor and begging for food. His two followers, a murderous prostitute Andara and her sister Beatriz who is a failed suicide desperately searching for love, consider him saint but it does not prevent him from hatred and humiliation from both the church and the people he meets on the road. He ends up beaten in prison and begins to question his faith for not be able to forgive his attacker.

Bunuel tells the story in a manner of a Christian parable masterfully and uniquely combining admiration and irony for the main character and strong criticism of formal religion and hypocrisy. The film is simple and profound as well as beautiful, ironic, and heartbreaking.

I consider Bunuel one of the best filmmakers ever. I've seen twenty of his films and they all belong to the different periods of his life but they have in common his magic touch, the masterful combination of gritty realism and surrealism, his curiosity, his inquisitive mind, his sense of humor, and his dark and shining fantasies. With great pleasure I am adding little seen and almost unknown but amazingly candid and touching surrealistic tragic-comedy "Nazarin" to the list of my favorite films.


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