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Viridiana (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 19 March 1962 (USA)
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Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior.

Director:

Luis Buñuel
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Silvia Pinal ... Viridiana
Francisco Rabal ... Jorge
Fernando Rey ... Don Jaime
José Calvo José Calvo ... Don Amalio (as Jose Calvo)
Margarita Lozano ... Ramona
José Manuel Martín ... El Cojo (as Jose Manuel Martin)
Victoria Zinny ... Lucia
Luis Heredia Luis Heredia ... Manuel 'El Poca'
Joaquín Roa ... Don Zequiel -a beggar (as Joaquin Roa)
Lola Gaos ... Enedina
María Isbert ... Beggar (as Maruja Isbert)
Teresa Rabal ... Rita (as Teresita Rabal)
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Viridiana, a young novice about to take her final vows as a nun, accedes, moved purely by a sense of obligation, to a request from her widowed uncle to visit him. Stirred by her resemblance to his late wife, he attempts to seduce her and tragedy ensues. In the aftermath, Viridiana tries to assuage her guilt by creating a haven for the destitute folk who live around her uncle's estate. But little good comes from these good intentions. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama

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Voted best Spanish film by professionals and critics in 1996 Spanish cinema centenary. See more »

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[first lines]
Mother Superior: Sister Viridiana. Your uncle sent word that he can't come to see you take your vows.
Viridiana: Very well, Mother.
Mother Superior: You seem unconcerned.
Viridiana: I hardly know him. I only met him once, years ago.
Mother Superior: He invites you to visit him.
Viridiana: I'd rather not leave the convent.
Mother Superior: I'm afraid he's in poor health. He's your only relative. You should bid him farewell before taking your vows. You will never see him again.
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Featured in The Ministry of Time: Tiempo de censura (2017) See more »

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Et Incarnatus Est
from "Mass in B minor" (BMV 232)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1749)
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Classic Brunuel.
2 July 2004 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Viridiana (1961) is a tale about a young nun who's so into her faith that she tries to do what she feels is morally and ethically right. Sadly, the world has changed and no matter how hard she tries to help those around her, it all winds up biting her in the end. Viridiana is a rare masterpiece that reflects the attitudes of the society that people (such as that "lovable" despot Franco) had created and the archaic teachings of the Catholic Church. The poor nun is one of the last of the true believers who adhere's to the dogma of the Church even when most of their leaders have abandoned it. Even the poor masses (whom she relies on) fail her. Can she remain true to her faith when everyone else around her ignores it?

A classic Brunuel film. I enjoy his style of film-making. Especially the way he uses social commentary and makes it entertaining instead of being preachy and hitting the viewers over the head with his "ideals". A hard film to find but it's highly enjoyable. The best scene in the film his the beggars re-enactment of the "Last Supper" painting. Film-making at it's best!

Highest recommendation.

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Language:

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Release Date:

19 March 1962 (USA) See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,843
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm-Magnetocord)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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