A young nun, about to take her final vows, visits her widowed uncle. Buñuel‘s Viridiana was the winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival and is considered by many to be one of his best, most accessible films. Directed in his characteristic style of following the action with long takes.
Stars some of the director’s favorite actors, produced by Gustavo Alatriste. Loosely based on the novel by Benito Pérez Galdós, Halma.
A commentary on religion, considered very controversial at it’s time – leading to a 16-year ban on it’s release in Spain.
At times a very disturbing and misanthropic view of humanity. Powerful imagery throughout, including a scene which renders Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper.
Viridiana Cast: Silvia Pinal, Fernando Rey, Francisco Rabal, María Isbert, José Calvo