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Genres: Foreign, Drama, Criterion Collection, Faith / Spirituality, Spain, Foreign Drama

Cast: Silvia Pinal, Fernando Rey, Francisco Rabal, Margarita Lozano

Director: Luis Buñuel

Synopsis: Banned in Spain and denounced by the Vatican, Luis Buñuel's irreverent vision of life as a beggar's banquet is regarded by many as his masterpiece. In it, novice nun Viridiana does her utmost to maintain her Catholic principles, but her lecherous uncle and a motley assemblage of paupers force her to confront the limits of her idealism. Winner of the Palme d' Or at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival, VIRIDIANA is as audacious today as ever.

Language: Spanish

Country of Origin: Spain

Production Year: 1961


  • "Stringently directed and expertly played...", Bosley Crowther, The New York Times
  • "Masterpiece!", Dave Kehr, The Chicago Reader
  • "More than 40 years after its original release, Viridiana remains one of the most shocking films ever made.", Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine


  • 1961: Winner, Golden Palm Award, Cannes Film Festival

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