VIRIDIANA

VIRIDIANA

Banned from release in Spain until Franco’s death in 1977 and considered “blasphemous” by the Vatican, Buñuel’s Palme d’Or winning film is included in most director’s top 100 movies of all time. Protagonist Viridiana (Silvia Pinal) is on the verge of entering a life of religious service, when she hesitantly visits her last living relative – an uncle, who becomes obsessed with her resemblance to his dead wife. After the uncle suicides, Viridiana inherits his small estate and abandons her place in the Church – instead devoting herself to educating and ennobling a group of beggars. Tragedy ensues, as Buñuel details the conflict between the good intentions of the sheltered bourgeoisie and the inherent coarseness of the uncultured peasants. Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive.

VIRIDIANA

  • Director: LUIS BUÑUEL
  • Year: 1961
  • Run Time: 90 mins
  • Country: SPAIN
  • Rating: M