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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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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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Spain | Mexico

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

19 March 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm-Magnetocord)

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1.66 : 1
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Voted best Spanish film by professionals and critics in 1996 Spanish cinema centenary. See more »

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Jorge: I always knew that you and I were going to end up playing tute!
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Hallejujah Chorus
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Relentless criticism to ingratitude and selfishness realized by the maestro Buñuel
23 January 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking film initially banned in Spain and completely denounced by the Vatican . Although it was voted best Spanish film by professionals and critics in 1996 Spanish cinema centenary . It deals with the novice Angelic Viridiana (Silvia Pinal) who visits his uncle Jaime (Fernando Rey) in the mansion prior to taking her religious vows . Jaime is stunned by her remarkable resemblance to deceased spouse who passes away on their wedding night . Later on , there appears his nephew (Francisco Rabal). Meanwhile Viridiana attempts to help some local beggars .

This prohibited movie is widely considered a Luis Buñuel's masterpiece . It's a parable based on a Benito Perez Galdos' novel titled Halma concerning about a young nun full of illusions and kindness along with some tattered beggars . It is packed with some humor , hilarious situations , brooding drama , corruption and criticism to Catholic Church and useless altruism . The original ending of the film showed Viridiana knocking on her cousin's door, entering, and the door closing slowly behind her , this version was rejected by Spanish censors . After years of living in Mexico, Luis Buñuel was persuaded to make his first film in his native Spain since 1936 by the vanguard of young contemporary Spanish film-makers who admired his work . Buñuel returning his native country , Spain , by making 'Viridiana' but this film was prohibited on the grounds of blasphemy , then Buñuel with his screenwriter Julio Alejandro go back Mexico where realizes in low budget 'Simon of the desert' and also produced by Gustavo Alatriste . 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 sufficiently horrified by what they saw to ban the film. Splendid main cast gives superb acting as Fernando Rey , Francisco Rabal and Silvia Pinal as idealist ascetic ex-nun . Large secondary cast formed by ragged beggars as Lola Gaos , Jose Calvo , Jose Luis Martin , Joaquin Roa, and Maria Isbert ,daughter of the great Jose Isbert . It appears uncredited as a little girl Teresa Rabal , Francisco Rabal's daughter . Good and atmospheric cinematography by excellent cameraman Jose F. Aguayo . Religious and classic music score including ¨Haendel's Messiah¨ and the ethereal strains of Alelluya . The picture was originally realized by 'the maestro of Calanda' , Luis Buñuel's location of birth , and was immediately banned . Despite the government's massive efforts to confiscate all copies , some of them were exhibited and the movie won deservedly the Palme dÓr at the Cannes Film Festival . Nice strange story for Luis Buñuel aficionados , being hauled by some reviewers as one of his best films ever made . Rating : Above average, worthwhile watching.


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