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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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Complete credited cast:
... Viridiana
... Jorge
... Don Jaime
José Calvo ... Don Amalio (as Jose Calvo)
... Ramona
José Manuel Martín ... El Cojo (as Jose Manuel Martin)
Victoria Zinny ... Lucia
Luis Heredia ... Manuel 'El Poca'
... Señor Zequiel (as Joaquin Roa)
... Enedina
... Beggar (as Maruja Isbert)
... 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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One of Bunuel's masterpieces.
7 January 2002 | by See 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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