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Viridiana (Criterion Collection)

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Banned in Spain and denounced by the Vatican, Luis Bunuel's hilarious vision of life as a beggar's banquet is regarded by many as his masterpiece. In it, the young novice 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, this anticlerical free-for-all is as shocking today as ever.


Studio Image Entertainment
SKU 202135008
UPC 037429212622
UPC 14 00037429212622
Format DVD
Release Date 5/23/2006
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.66:1
Name Bu?uel,Luis
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Cast & Crew
Benito Perez Galdos - Based On Novel By
Francisco Rabal - Actor
Gustavo Alatriste - Producer
Gustavo Pittaluga - Original Music By
Jose Calvo - Actor
Jose F. Aguayo - Cinematographer
Julio Alejandro - Screenplay
Luis Bunuel - Director
Margarita Lozano - Actor
Pedro del Rey - Editor
Ricardo Munoz Suay - Executive Producer
Silvia Pinal - Actor
Cannes Film Festival (1961) Luis Bunuel, Winner, Golden Palm Award
ReviewSource DVD Times
Review The performances are beyond praise, from established actors Silvia Pinal, Francisco Rabal and Fernando Rey (in the first of four marvellous characterisations he would create for Bunuel), right down to the beggars, some of whom were genuine (and apparently their mutual animosity was equally unfaked)...It's often underrated compared with the more high-profile French-made masterpieces that Bunuel would make over the next decade and a half, but two viewings over the last few months have convinced me that it's one of his very best films - and considering Bunuel's unquestioned importance in cinema history that's no small claim, or indeed achievement.
Reviewer Michael Brooke
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Jigsaw Lounge
Review Bunuel's films often caused controversy, and with Viridiana he caused the most sensational stir since the riotous reception for L'age d'or back in 1930 - the furore is well chronicled in John Baxter's informative biography, and also in Bunuel's own volume of memoirs My Last Breath. More than four decades on, Viridiana is still capable of raising eyebrows - but it hasn't really aged so well as Bunuel's best work...The picture is full of such ironic grace-notes: the rescue of a certain maltreated dog is an especially amusing and sour touch, summing up the picture's fundamental nihilist message (it's a waste of time trying to help out the unfortunate) in a blackly-comic, vaguely surreal vignette.
Reviewer Neil Young
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Bu?uel,Luis
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Bosley Crowther, The New York Times Stringently directed and expertly played...
Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader Masterpiece!
Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine More than 40 years after its original release, Viridiana remains one of the most shocking films ever made.

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