Nazarin (1959)

LUIS BUNUEL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

Mexico, 1959.  Adapted for the screen by Luis Bunuel, , dialogue by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Cannes Film Festival 1959.

A young Spanish priest () ministering to the people of a dusty corner of Mexico City is run out of town when he is discovered giving shelter to an injured prostitute. Two women, the one he protected as well as a second, love his completely selfless nature and are willing to do whatever it takes to help him, following him wherever he goes. Any place the priest takes his divine wisdom, however, he is met with human ignorance, fear and rejection. Luis Bunuel, the greatest filmmaker who ever lived, tells a story that is basically about Jesus Christ in a modern setting; the film lets us know that as much as we think ourselves to be such morally upstanding Christians today, we too would reject true holiness if it came among us. Thankfully, Bunuel gives us this message in a non-heavyhanded way, making sure that his usual dollop of sly humour and wit are as much a part of the story as the political content.

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