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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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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Trivia

Selected for the Acapulco Film festival (1959). 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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Dios nunca muere
Written by Macedonio Alcalá
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Great film by Buñuel, thought provoking.
7 April 2007 | by Andres SalamaSee all my reviews

Spanish director Luis Buñuel career spanned almost 50 years, from 1929 to 1977. Arguably, his best films were those he made during his exile in Mexico - from the late forties to the early 60s. There he had to deal with very cheap budgets, and work in an industry interested mainly in churning commercial movies to unsophisticated audiences, yet he somehow managed to make interesting, thought provoking movies that have stand the test of time. This movie is based on a novel by Spanish author Benito Perez Galdos - and the adaptation is quite faithful, even if the setting is now early 20th century Mexico instead of early 20th century Spain. The protagonist, Nazarin, is a priest who tries to live a life that is as faithful as it can be to the one prescribed by Christ. The question many would ask is whether such endeavor would be possible, without incurring in the hostility, incomprehension and mockery of your fellow human beings. As it happens, he suffers a lot of indignities, yet he remains stubborn (until the controversial final shot) to this objective. I think Buñuel wanted to show Nazarin as a somewhat ridiculous figure, but perhaps inadvertently, his stubbornness (at least to this viewer) comes out as admirable. In any case, a great film.


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