1961. Spain/Mexico. Luis Buñuel. 90 min.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1961. Spain/Mexico. Directed by Luis Buñuel. With Silvia Pinal, Fernando Rey. Viridiana's title character is a young nun whose extreme devotion extends to the crown of thorns she wears and the large wooden crucifix hanging over her bed. Upon visiting the wealthy uncle who has provided for her financially, Viridiana's faith is challenged as he attempts to corrupt her. Having returned to his native Spain to create what many consider a crowning achievement, Buñuel submitted the script to Spanish censors and received support from Franco's government, who later attempted to suppress the film on charges of blasphemy and obscenity. The film was smuggled to France, where it won the Palme D'Or in Cannes. It finally premiered in Spain in 1977, after Franco's death. In Spanish; English subtitles. 90 min.