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Nazarin

A priest unfrocks himself and takes to the road to live on alms when he is implicated by the law for harboring a prostitute after she had killed another one. However, he is followed in his pilgrimage by the escaped prostitute and a woman who has been left by a lover. Film [from the novel by Benito Perez Galdos] details their wanderings and attempts to help humanity and their constant rebuffs until the priest realizes one must love humanity first before one can be a human being or a priest.

Cast:
Francisco Rabal Marga Lopez Rita Macedo Jesus Fernandez Ignacio Lopez Tarso Ofelia Guilmain

A priest unfrocks himself and takes to the road to live on alms when he is implicated by the law for harboring a prostitute after she had killed another one. However, he is followed in his pilgrimage by the escaped prostitute and a woman who has been left by a lover. Film [from the novel by Benito Perez Galdos] details their wanderings and attempts to help humanity and their constant rebuffs until the priest realizes one must love humanity first before one can be a human being or a priest.

Film abounds in a profound feeling for man. There are grotesque scenes. One involves a dwarf who falls in love with the prostie. There are also scenes of a plague.

This is a difficult but rewarding pic. Acting is excellent, as are technical aspects. Director Luis Bunuel’s mastery of his theme and subject make this an unusual offbeater.

Nazarin

Mexico

Production: Ponce. Director Luis Bunuel; Producer Manuel Barbachano Ponce; Screenplay Luis Bunuel, Julio Alejandro, Emilio Carballido; Camera Gabriel Figueroa; Editor Carlos Savage; Music [none]; Art Director Edward Fitzgerald

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1959. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: Francisco Rabal Marga Lopez Rita Macedo Jesus Fernandez Ignacio Lopez Tarso Ofelia Guilmain

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