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a forgotten Spanish masterpiece,
By A Customer
This review is from: Viridiana [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This film portrays the abysmal differences between people with different educations and senses of morality. At the same time, it is a commentary on the hopelessness of a society where no one understands why the status quo should be tampered with. This is the story of a nun who is forced by circumstances to leave her convent and visit her uncle, falling under the influence of her world wise cousin. She tries to maintain her ideals by doing good works, attempting to improve the conditions of the poor in her town, but is taken advantage of and despised by the very people she means to help.
No summary could really do this film justice since the visual impressions and symbols are just as important as the express message portrayed by the events.
Viridiana was the first film Bunuel filmed from exile and (so the story goes) the church was in an uproar and adamant that it be censored. When Franco saw it; although he didn't personally see anything wrong with the film, he ordered all copies destroyed in the interest of appeasing the church. People who appreciate quality film will be grateful that at least one copy survived the mass destruction by being sent to France.