Nazarin is a priest, attempting to living a pure and honest life strictly according to Christian principles – but others only show him distrust and hatred, apart from the local prostitute… —IMDb
Although regarded as the greatest artist of Spanish cinema Luis Buñuel only made three films that are Spanish by nationality. His exile from his homeland at the end of the Spanish Civil War resulted in extended periods in Mexico and France. Despite this displacement, Spain was never far from Buñuel’s mind. The peasant culture of the villages of Calanda and Zaragoza, many of them dating to the Middle-Ages, greatly influenced his imagination during his childhood. The Spanish literary tradition, represented by Lope de Vega, Cervantes and the writers of picaresque stories, remained constant touchstones. Strongest of all was the distinctly Spanish nature of his Catholicism; he would retain its influence long after he renounced the teachings of the Church. At the University of Madrid his friendship with poet Federico Garcia Lorca and painter Salvador Dalí would play a major role in the avant-garde of the 1920s. It was during this period that he discovered the works of Sigmund Freud. His insight… read more
Dali was right to say that Bunuel was a COMMUNIST!!!! This move testifies to that. Bunuel was also a masochistic nut. He seems to think he is doing service to God with this movie, which may be an accurate depiction of spiritual suffering and spiritual confusion. But accuracy from a surrealist is... SURREALISTIC!!!! And religious insight from an atheist is also, A MESS!!! Bunuel: "I think God I am an Atheist!"
Fantastic film, antoher gem from Buñuel. This is not only a brilliant and sharp commentary on organized religion but also a study about the human being, hence the open interpretation about the ending with the pineapple and wheter the people caring about mundane subjects rather than the indulgences of a jealous god were the wrong ones. The breathtaking Paco Rabal in a career defining role, a unforgettable masterpiece.