Viridiana DVD

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Banned in Spain and denounced by the Vatican Luis Bunuel's hilarious vision of life as a beggar's banquet is regarded by many as his masterpiece. In it the young novice 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 this anti-clerical free-for-all is as shocking today as ever.

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Released
28 August 2006
Directors
Actors
Format
DVD 
Publisher
Fremantle Home Entertainment 
Classification
Runtime
88 minutes 
Features
PAL 
Barcode
5027035004624 
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Winner of the Palme D'Or at Cannes in 1961, Bunuel's film is widely regarded as his masterpiece. Viridiana (Silvia Pinal) is a young religious novitiate who visits her last remaining relative, the wealthy Don Jaime (Fernando Rey), before she takes her vows. Don Jaime secretly harbours a desire for Viridiana, based on her striking resemblance to his wife - who died thirty years ago on their wedding night. After making Viridiana wear the original wedding dress he attempts to rape her, but fails and commits suicide in a fit of guilt, leaving his huge estate to Viridiana and his son Jorge (Francisco Rabal). The virtuous Viridiana tries to help the local poor, but her idealistic deeds inevitably backfire. Bunuel's film mocks Spanish Catholism, holding it responsible for many social ills. The film is often remembered for its parody of Leonardo's Last Supper, and was banned in both Spain and Italy.