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Like any great film, Viridiana reveals its depth and detail through multiple viewings. The film is scathingly critical of Catholic hypocrisy and Franco's Spain (Don Jaime's estate is a direct reflection of the country's moribund state of sociopolitical decay), and its allegorical content was not lost on Spanish authorities, who banned the film (it wasn't shown in Spain until 1977) after it won the coveted Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In a closing stroke of genius, Buñuel skirted around his censors with a final scene even more provocative (in its subtle implications) than the sexually suggestive ending he'd originally filmed. With much to say about the conflicting nature of human desires, Viridiana may have softened over decades, but it's never lost its ability to spark debate, discussion, and rewarding analysis of Buñuel's directorial vision. --Jeff Shannon
On the DVD
The newly restored, high-definition digital transfer of Viridiana impressively maintains Criterion's exacting standards of audio-visual quality; it's a flawless transfer, with deep blacks and richly detailed clarity. The supplements include new (2006) video interviews with actress Silvia Pinal and Spanish cultural scholar Richard Porton; warmly revealing excerpts from the 1964 French TV series "Cineastes of Our Times," featuring an interview with Buñuel; and a 30-page booklet with an essay on Viridiana by Princeton film scholar Michael Wood, and a generous interview excerpt from the book Objects of Desire: Conversations with Luis Buñuel. --Jeff Shannon
He tells Viridiana that she reminds him of his late wife and asks the much younger woman to marry him.
Buñuel demonstrates how Christian charity leads to the creation of false desires which can never be fulfilled, the average man always wanting more.
It is perfectly directed by the genius Luis Bunuel and has a richness in impact, story and visual style that makes this a film to view more than once.
The 1961 Spanish-Mexican film Viridiana is considered by many to be Luis Buñuel's masterpiece. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Film Buff
A tyrannical husband forbade me to go see this with my fellow Spanish graduate students. I'm so glad to have found it after all these years.Published 8 months ago by Miriam Eldridge
Although I've never been a fan of Bunuel, the description of the story in the ad got me intrigued. It wasn't what I expected to
see, but I'm glad that I stuck to it till the... Read more
While `Viridiana' contains some well known aspects of L. Buñuel's movies, like fetishism or voyeurism, its main target is, like in `L'Age D'Or', religion and more... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Luc REYNAERT
I could not get this DVD to work on either of my DVD's? A second copy was sent by you and it still did not operate on my DVD's! Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by Ronald
'Viridiana" (1961) is directed by Luis Bunuel (The Phantom of Liberty). The story is about Viridiana who is a young nun about to take her vows, but who reluctantly goes to visit... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by G. Edmonson
There are three types of movies abroad in the world: Good movies, Ugly movies, and Bad movies. Good movies are the ones most people think of when they choose their favorites --... Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by Irish Eyes
Most films that attack the Christian faith take a safer route than "Viridiana". Many films, "Elmer Gantry" for example, attack the clergy. Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by Dean A. Anderson
Even though Viridiana is very controversial because of its harsh attack against the Catholic Church, the film is very artistic and makes a very good point: "Don't expect that God... Read morePublished on December 26, 2009 by Jaime Sanchez