Francisco Rabal, Marga López, Rita Macedo, Jesús Fernández,

Certainly one of the most beautifully photographed of all Luis Buñuel’s films, Nazarín captures the harsh Mexican landscape in a tale of a turn-of-the-century wandering cleric who has shed his priest’s garments in hopes of comforting the poor free from the Church’s chastising shadow. He is accompanied by two desperate women and an assortment of life’s outcasts. His is a Christlike effort—to wring charity out of a peasantry locked into the absurd cruelty of their environment, as well as the very material reality of being human. Like Preston Sturges’s Sullivan in Sullivan’s Travels, Nazarín’s experience among the wretched teaches him the nature of escape. Fellow Surrealist Ado Kyrou wrote of this film, “Nazarín is a dazzling explosion in which form and substance, thought and action, are fused in the multi-tongued fires of the necessary.” 

Judy Bloch
  • Luis Buñuel
  • Julio Alejandro
Based On
  • the novel by Benito Pérez Galdós

  • Gabriel Figueroa
  • Spanish
  • with English electronic titling
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 91 mins
  • Filmoteca de la UNAM
  • Televisa

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