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Viridiana [1961] [DVD]
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on 2 June 2013
While `Viridiana' contains some well known aspects of L. Buñuel's movies, like fetishism or voyeurism, its main target is, like in `L'Age D'Or', religion and more particularly Catholicism with its gospel of pity and altruism. This gospel is personified in an aspirant-nun, played sublimely by the Mexican actress Silvia Pinal. But, faced with utterly disgraceful behavior on the part of the poor people she wanted to help, she becomes on the tones of Haendel's music an anti-Messiah.

For the Catholic Church this movie is fundamentally a blasphemy, symbolized by its hellish parody of the Last Supper (the picture by Leonardo Da Vinci) with the apostles painted as vile and vicious paupers and beggars.
Another of L. Buñuel's more controversial viewpoints is his misogyny expressed by Don Jaime's illegitimate son, Jorge: `all cats are grey at night'.

With a formidable casting, Silvia Pinal being the jewel of the team, this movie didn't lose even a shadow of its subversive bite at Christian morality.
A must see for all lovers of world cinema.
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on 27 December 2009
The blurb on the DVD box and the Amazon blurb, do not do this film much credit. It is an outstanding film that reminds me a bit of Weill/Brecht the Thruppenny Opera. The acting is outstanding and has some the to Tristana (the same novelist wrote both) Along with Exterminating Angels this has got to be one of the greatest early films of Brunel.
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on 1 June 2015
Completely engaging drama on the difficulty of living a good life in a world of villains who don't respond to kindness. Repays viewing many times.
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on 5 February 2015
One of my favourite films from one of my favourite directors....the imagery and acting were incredible...could watch it every and always find something new...that last supper scene is what draws me to this masterpiece
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on 11 April 2016
'Viridiana' is a very unique and unusual movie. A must see for any film buff. With fine acting and mesmerising cinematography, 'Viridiana' stays with you long after the final frame. One of Luis Bunuel's finest films.
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on 17 June 2015
It was with this film I discovered Bunuel. Your DVD did not disapoint me - not at all.
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on 15 May 2018
No English subtitles. Very dissapointed.
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on 2 May 2018
Much better picture quality than dvd but no subtitles.
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on 18 July 2016
Very happy with this purchase and seller was very attentive.
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on 31 May 2016
Sublime. Subversive. Gentle. Revolutionary. Violent. Vive la bourgeouise!
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