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The Milky Way (1969)

La voie lactée (original title)
M/PG | | Comedy, Drama | 15 March 1969 (France)
Two drifters go on a pilgrimage from France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Along the way, they hitchhike, beg for food, and face the Christian dogmas and heresies from different Ages.

Director:

Luis Buñuel (as Luis Bunuel)

Writers:

Luis Buñuel (as Luis Bunuel), Jean-Claude Carrière
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Frankeur ... Pierre
Laurent Terzieff ... Jean
Alain Cuny ... L'homme à la cape / Man with cape
Edith Scob ... La Vierge Marie / Virgin Mary
Bernard Verley ... Jésus / Jesus
François Maistre François Maistre ... Le curé fou / French Priest
Claude Cerval Claude Cerval ... Le brigadier / Brigadier
Muni ... La mère supérieure / Mother Superior
Julien Bertheau ... Richard 'maître d'hôtel' / Maitre d'Hotel
Ellen Bahl Ellen Bahl ... Madame Garnier
Michel Piccoli ... Le marquis de Sade / The Marquis
Agnès Capri Agnès Capri ... La directrice de l'institution Lamartine / Teacher
Michel Etcheverry Michel Etcheverry ... L'inquisiteur / The Inquisitor
Pierre Clémenti ... L'ange de la mort / The Devil
Georges Marchal ... Le jésuite / The Jesuit
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Storyline

Two drifters go on a pilgrimage from France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Along the way, they hitchhike, beg for food, and face the Christian dogmas and heresies from different Ages.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Italian | Latin | Spanish

Release Date:

15 March 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Milky Way See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to his autobiography, My Last Sigh, Luis Buñuel got the idea of making the film after reading Historia de los heterodoxos españoles by Marcelino Menéndez y Pelayo. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, as the two pilgrims are on the shoulder of the highway, the shadow of the boom mic is clearly visible moving from right to left across the grass and finally off screen. See more »

Quotes

Rodolphe, un étudiant protestant: Faith doesn't come to us through reason but through the heart
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References Weekend (1967) See more »

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the most intelligent film satire of a religion EVER
6 June 2003 | by KienzleSee all my reviews

This masterpiece is Bunuel at his best. It draws from the confrontational and revolutionary fire present in his Mexican films like "Il Brute", the intelligent and informed humor of his earlier religious farce, "Simon of The Desert", and I believe serves as a living picture of the transition his work seemed to under go between the more vivid and shocking Dali inspired surrealism of his early carrer (the obvious example being "Un Chien Andalou") and the more subtle and organic magical-realist influenced surrealism of "That Obscure Object of Desire". This film is certainly not light however. While there are no razor blindings or ant infested ears, the pope does fall victim to a firing squad of radicals. In fact I believe Bunuel succeds in leaving the viewer much more disgusted and upset by confronting him with the stark realities of the Catholic faith, and after all isn't that what surrealism is all about? It must be said that in order to understand and appreciate this film one must have a very good understanding of a variety of religious thinkers and of the history/practices of the catholic church. If you don't have such a background but are still lucky enough to get a chance to view this film, by all means take it, more likely than not it will inspire you to investigate the matter further and Bunuel conveniently mentions the names of all most all the writers he references in the film so take that list to a library, read up and watch it again, you won't be disappointed.


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