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Viridiana (1961)

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

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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 José Manuel Martín ... El Cojo (as Jose Manuel Martin)
Victoria Zinny ... Lucia
Luis Heredia Luis Heredia ... Manuel 'El Poca'
Joaquín Roa ... Señor Zequiel (as Joaquin Roa)
Lola Gaos ... Enedina
María Isbert ... Beggar (as Maruja Isbert)
Teresa Rabal ... Rita (as Teresita Rabal)
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Storyline

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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You may not like VIRIDIANA,,,You may very well hate it. You may find it too shocking. BUT THIS WE GUARANTEE - VIRIDIANA will shock your senses like nothing else you have ever seen in a theatre! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Spain | Mexico

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

19 March 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Viridiana See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm-Magnetocord)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The script was initially approved by the Spanish authorities with a few minor changes. They had no opportunity to view the finished film until it played at the Cannes Film Festival where it won the Palme d'Or. Nevertheless, they were horrified enough by what they saw to ban the film. See more »

Quotes

Viridiana: I know my own weakness, and whatever I do will be humble. But, however little it is, I want to do it alone.
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Referenced in The Last Supper (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Sarabande
from Suite Française n°5 (BWV 816)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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One of Bunuel's masterpieces.
7 January 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Beautiful and devout Viridiana (Silvia Pinal in an impressive performance) is about to take her final vows as a nun, and enter a convent. At the urging of her Mother Superior she takes a short break to visit her estranged Uncle and benefactor Don Jaime (Bunuel regular, the always wonderful Fernando Rey). Reluctantly she does so thinking it will be the last time she sees him before devoting her life to God. Don Jaime, a complex man, has other plans for Viridiana - he wants to take her as his wife. What follows is unpredictable, fascinating and an almost perfect piece of film making. Highly controversial in its day, and accused of blasphemy, it may not be as shocking to our cynical, secular eyes, but it still packs a punch, and is highly recommended. One of Luis Bunuel's greatest achievements.


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