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Thumbnail for Viridiana (1961) Viridiana (1961)

Basics Critics:81Viewers:73Rusty:76
Category: Comedy, DramaRuntime: 90 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: SpanishCountry: SpainFilming location: MadridDirector: Luis BuñuelScreenwriter: Luis Buñuel, Benito Pérez GaldósMusic: Ludwig van BeethovenCinematography: José Fernández AguayoStars: Silvia Pinal, Francisco Rabal, Fernando Rey, Margarita Lozano, Lola Gaos, José Calvo, José Manuel Martín, Victoria Zinny, Teresa RabalProducer: Gustavo AlatristeAwards won: Palme d'OrAward details: (details at IMDb)

Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior. Banned in Spain and denounced by the Vatican, Luis Buñuel’s irreverent vision of life as a beggar’s banquet is regarded by many as his masterpiece. In it, novice nun Viridiana does her utmost to maintain her Catholic principles, but her lecherous uncle and a motley assemblage of paupers force her to confront the limits of her idealism. Winner of the Palme d’or at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival, Viridiana is as audacious today as ever.

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