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After 25 years' exile, Luis Bu˝uel was invited to his native Spain to direct Viridiana -- only to have the Spanish government suppress the film on the grounds of blasphemy and obscenity. Regarded by many as Bu˝uel's crowning achievement, the film centers on an idealistic young nun named Viridiana (Silvia Pinal). Just before taking her final vows, Viridiana is forced by her mother superior to visit her wealthy uncle Don Jaime (Fernando Rey), who has "selflessly" provided for the girl over the years. She has always considered Don Jaime an unspeakable beast, so she is surprised… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For Luis Bu˝uel, impiety is a genetic trait and an essential facet of his art. That his work also lifts the spirit -- imparting a delirious sensation of the divine-is a most welcome incongruity, one exemplified by his prizewinning 1961 effort, Viridiana."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"An extraordinary cinematic treasure."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"See Viridiana, and all other movies will seem to be missing something from then on."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"quintessential Bunuel"
‑ Jay Antani,
"The man who made Los Olvidados believes in ... reform. In Viridiana he more fully, and comically, acknowledges the immense hurdles to reform set up by human corruption."
‑ Alan Dale,
"Whether Se˝or Bu˝uel means his picture as a reflection of all people or just the people of Spain is not clear nor, indeed, is it essential. It is an ugly, depressing view of life. And, to be frank about it, it is a little old-fashioned, too."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Essential and unforgettable."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"One of Bunuel's most scathing attacks on Spanish society and religion."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"quintessential Bu˝uel: a perfect entryway to his work, and a microcosm of his contradictory universe of the beautiful and the grotesque."
‑ Chris Cabin,
"More than 40 years after its original release, Viridiana remains one of the most shocking films ever made."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Luis Bu˝uel returned to his native Spain to create this 1961 masterpiece, which marked his rebirth as a filmmaker of international repute."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"'Viridiana' probes deep into psychological earth; at the core, it's a despairing picture of the dark cavern of the human heart."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"ranks near the top of Bunuel's body of work"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"It's another of Bu˝uel's controversial films that is an indictment of organized religion."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Viridiana has a deceptively artless quality, stemming from the poetic formality with which Bunuel allows the picture to unfold."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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