Spanish Cinema Now 2012

Viridiana

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Viridiana
Luis Buñuel, 1961
Spain/Mexico | 90 minutes

Screening as part of our Luís Buñuel retrospective, Buñuel in Spain.

Buñuel’s many admirers all over the world were shocked when he agreed to return to Franco’s Spain to direct a film—but few could have predicted the extraordinary result, least of all the Generalissimo. A young novice (Silvia Pinal) is called to the estate of her widower uncle (Fernando Rey); after the uncle unexpectedly dies, she takes over the property and tries to convert it into a haven for the destitute and afflicted, guided by Christian virtues—with unexpected consequences. Winner of the Palme D’Or at Cannes.

Images courtesy of FILMS 59/ALATRISTE/UNINCI/THE KOBAL COLLECTION

Series: Spanish Cinema Now 2012

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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