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Amazing! One of the best films you never saw!,
This review is from: Nazarin [DVD] (DVD)
This 1958 film from legendary director Luis Bunuel is not one of his most well-know, but having just seen it I can say it's certainly one ofhis best.
It's also his most atypical film. For a film-maker renowned for his athiest and anti-clerical views NAZARIN is a surprisingly ambiguous tale.
A devout Catholic priest working in poverty-stricken areas of Mexico is determined to live and devote his life to Christ. His attempts to live a pureley Christian life meet with obstacles and hostility at every turn.
Depending on your own religious world view the film is either an affirmation of the power of faith or a total negation of it. Either way it's an incredibly powerful and moving experience. It's part of Bunuel's genius here that he does not force his hand and lets the individual decide.
Performances are stunning - particularly from Francisco Rabal, dogged and
consumed with passion.
By turns harrowing, riotously funny and unbearably moving NAZARIN is an amazing film that deserves it's place with Bunuel's finest work and certainly ranks alongside Pasolini's GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW as one of the greatest of all religious films.