Viridiana

Viridiana

DVD - 2006 | Spanish
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When a young woman who is preparing to become a nun suddenly inherits her wealthy uncle's estate, her attempts to improve the lot of the less fortunate by making her newfound riches available to them backfire.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, c2006.
ISBN: 9780780030626
0780030621
Branch Call Number: Spa FIC Virid 9254tc 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. --

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VonHafenstaaad
May 01, 2017

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. Viridiana is as audacious today as ever.

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TheSandoz
May 01, 2017

Winner of the 1961 Palme D'Or at Cannes, this was directed by Spanish Surrealist Luis Bunuel. The film is rife with irony, and bittersweet poetics from one of the masters of cinema. One of my favorite films of all time.

Marinetti May 01, 2017

" Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand. " This film contains more than enough poetics, subversion, and humor to fulfill those who appreciate such things. The movie may be considered ' slow ' by today's standard, but the movie still contains a satirical punch- it's a great film.

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XGirl
Oct 10, 2016

Well, darlings - This contrived little, nothing-of-a-chick-flick is so silly that it's downright laughable.

And, if you ask me - Anyone who would give this ditzy film a 5-star rating couldn't possibly be in their right mind.

Aka_Aka_Aka Aug 06, 2016

Well, back in 1961 Viridiana may have been banned in Spain and, yes, even denounced by the Vatican (Hey! What a great way to get plenty of free advertising for your film and spark lots of unfounded interest from the public eager to see it) - But, today, you can surely bet that this insignificant piece of cinematic fluff would be laughed right off the screen for its sheer naivety.

You know, it really figures that Viridiana's story came from the insipid and uninspired head of one of Europe's most over-rated, avant-garde directors of them all, Luis Bunuel.

How this two-bit film-maker ever earned the respected reputation that he inevitably did is beyond me.

All-in-all - Viridiana was nothing but mediocre film-making, at best. And, just because it's a vintage, foreign film doesn't, in any way, make it exempt from receiving some harsh and objective criticism that it so rightly deserves.

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ManMachine
Apr 29, 2015

And, I ask you - How serious would you honestly think a woman (living at a convent) was about being a nun (and humbling herself before her god) who daily made sure that she was always totally dolled-up in full make-up?

Well - I'd say that unless her god fully approved of his female devotees looking like high-fashion Jezebels, then this woman was not in the least bit sincere about following her religious vocation.

And, this was, indeed, the very type of woman who I found in the dubious title-character named Viridiana.

If you ask me - I think that (considering this movie was made in 1961) hack-director Luis Bunuel knew full-well that his "sneering-at-Catholicism" movie would, indeed, create religious controversy and inevitably be banned in Spain (his homeland).

I believe Bunuel knew that regardless of how badly-conceived his movie was, this sort of negative publicity would be great advertising for his pathetic, little movie and, of course, entice all sorts of people to want to see it even more (even though it was/is nothing but a total bore, for the most part).

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krken2000
Jan 23, 2014

A haunting tale of dreams dashed on both sides. How and most importantly why does good beget evil? I enjoyed the film but I don't think I understood the main point of the film.

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Ron@Ottawa
Sep 30, 2013

This old, black-and-white film by Spanish director Luis Buñuel is about a young, beautiful and kind-hearted woman learning the harsh reality of life. A must for fans of this director. In Spanish with subtitles.

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