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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:

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Filming Locations:

Jonacatepec, Morelos, Mexico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Selected by the Vatican in the "religion" category of its list of 45 "great films." See more »

Quotes

Father Nazario: Night carries yesterday's sorrow and the hope and joy of a new day. That's what death is like. Joyous and sorrowful. Joyous because it frees us of life's chains. And sorrowful because we love our flesh and it hurts us to leave it.
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Dios nunca muere
Written by Macedonio Alcalá
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Maybe I'll never "get" Bunuel, but I can still see that Nazarin is an excellent film
4 February 2002 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Luis Bunuel has always been a filmmaker whose work was obscure to me. My first experience with him was The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeosie, often considered his greatest work, with which I became so frustrated and bored that I eventually shut the tape off. Likewise Belle de Jour, which is almost certainly his best known film and also generally considered one of his many masterpieces, didn't interest me very much at all. I didn't hate it like I did Discreet, but I didn't like it. Third, I saw L'Age d'Or. Finally, I had gotten somewhere. Fourth, Los Olvidados, also good. Still, neither L'Age d'Or nor Los Olvidados blew me away. Great films, but not masterpieces.

Nazarin is my fifth Bunuel, and I like it just a tad more than those other two. It is about a priest from Spain now in Mexico who refuses to live in the kind of luxury most priests live in. He wants to be more like Jesus, leading the meekest life possible. He's also willing to forgive everyone for anything, and to suffer without protest. I'm pretty sure Bunuel does not sympathize with the character, and sees him as rather self-righteous. However, I only assume that because of my knowledge of the director, whose most famous quotation is "Thank God, I'm still an atheist," which he apparently said in an interview over this very film (I get this information from John Baxter's book about Bunuel, if you're interested). The interviewer who dragged those words from Bunuel's mouth must have been himself confused about Nazarin. One who was more predisposed to believe in religious conviction, who also knows nothing about Bunuel, might see the priest as a heroic figure. This is especially true if that viewer has his/her own criticisms of organized religion. The priest may be somewhat self-righteous, but he seems to be basically a good man. When he harbors a violent prostitute in his room in order to protect her (and, presumably, to save her soul), people begin to find out and assume that their relationship is sexual. His superiors assume the same and punish him for it. Later on, he suffers even worse punishments from clerics.


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