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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 ... 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

The pope being shot by the revolutionaries is played by Buñuel himself. See more »

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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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Featured in Buñuel: Atheist Thanks to God (2005) See more »

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Buñuel takes a few high caliber shots at religion and chastity
7 August 2001 | by rogierrSee all my reviews

Le fantôme de la liberté (Buñuel, 1974) seems to take off right from this film as if it were a sequel, visually and conceptually. This film however is much more determined to denounce the contradictions and hypocrisy of different religions, while Fantôme has even more artistic freedom. Also this is much more coherent and if there is any danger of getting heavy-handed, Buñuel knows how to joke himself a way out using illusionism or a mild shock-treatment. It is simultaneously very rational and miraculous. The anti-clericism and subversive desires frequently come to the surreal surface. I can't help but see this as an inspiration for Monty Python's 'Life of Brian' (1979), because that film also remotely feels like an off the wall road movie in which anything can happen.

The subject matter was sort of tough for an atheist (heretic?) like me, but the humour with which Buñuel lets the characters throw the crucial differences between religions at each other is hilarious. E.g. in the middle of a duel between a Catholic and a Jesuit: 'Prior will is mere impulse. My thoughts and my will are not in my own power ... ma liberte est un fantôme.' 'What does freedom mean anyway? How can I be free if what I do is determined in advance?' etc. And why would all the personnel of a restaurant be caught up in an eloquent discussion about the existence of God while they are at work? See for yourself. Cinematographer Christian Matras (also Le Grande Illusion, 1937) continues to improve Buñuel's visual style using zoom-pan-zoom shots for instance, but keeps it sober.

9/10


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