In honour of the 60th Anniversary of
Director: Luis Buñuel
Spain/Mexico | 1961 | Spanish with English subtitles | 90 min | Film Classic – 35mm print!!!
In recognition of the 60th Anniversary of Viridiana, we will host an online talk with
Javier Espada, founder of the Centre Buñuel Calanda in Spain and leading expert on all things Buñuelesque. VLAFF FACEBOOK LIVE Tuesday Aug 31 10AM
*Not available for viewing online. Screening will be held in-person at The Cinematheque on Monday, Aug 30 at 6:30pm
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. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival, Viridiana is as audacious today as ever.
Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, 1961
“Sequence after sequence of this extraordinary film – incredibly Spanish and yet incredibly offensive to conservative Spaniards – show both Buñuel as a master filmmaker, telling a story that is simultaneously simple and sophisticated.” – Derek Malcolm, The Guardian, 1999
Una joven novicia llamada Viridiana (Silvia Pinal) abandona el convento para realizar una visita a su tío viudo Don Jaime (Fernando Rey), quien termina siendo atraído por sus encantos femeninos intentando mantener relaciones sexuales con la joven. Al no conseguir su propósito, Don Jaime se suicida, hecho que provoca un sentimiento de culpa en Viridina, que abandona su ordenación religiosa para dedicar su tiempo a la caridad cristiana en un hogar que tendrá que compartir con su primo Jorge (Francisco Rabal), hijo natural de Don Jaime.
As made clear in his seminal works Viridiana and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie—delirious screeds against, respectively, religion and social conformity—Luis Buñuel was one of cinema’s great subversives and mischief makers. He began his career as a member of the French surrealists—his first films, Un chien andalou and L’âge d’or, absurd and violently sexual scandals that met with censorship, were collaborations with Salvador Dalí. After years of working alternately in his native Spain (where the scintillating, shaming faux documentary Land Without Bread and, later, Viridiana were both banned), the United States, and Mexico, Buñuel made most of his late films in France, combining surrealist non sequiturs with attacks on the bourgeoisie, the church, and social hypocrisy in general in such masterpieces as The Milky Way, The Phantom of Liberty, and That Obscure Object of Desire.