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One of cinema's true innovators, Luis Buñuel takes a Spanish novel about a Don Quixote-like priest who is ridiculed for following the path of Christ, and brilliantly transposes it to turn-of-the-century Mexico. When he is defrocked for championing a prostitute and an outcast, Don Nazario takes to the road with the two women, living out his ideals until they are smashed by an uncaring world. "A masterpiece that reveals the human condition and shows us a way to surpass it. Buñuel's film unfolds under the double arch of beauty and rebellion.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is so grim that it lacks even the energy to present itself dramatically."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"Perhaps the most accomplished and difficult of Luis Buñuel's Mexican films."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The surreal moments are relatively few in this wonderfully acted and underviewed masterpiece"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"It lacks his brilliant wit and seems much less adventurous than his 60s masterpieces."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"This is another fine example of Buñuel's powerful films made during his exile in Mexico."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"While the film itself remains a subtle attack on religious naivete, the director would never be as mindful of the possibilities of spiritual healing as he is here."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"A very straightforward film for Buñuel."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The most breathtaking cinematic cross-examination of faith I have ever seen… not content to ignore religion as a non-issue, or to take cheap shots at its practitioners."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
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