*La voie lactée (The Milky Way)*. 1969. France/West Germany/Italy. Directed by Luis Buñuel. Courtesy Universal Marion Corporation (UMC Pictures)/Photofest

La voie lactée (The Milky Way). 1969. France/West Germany/Italy. Directed by Luis Buñuel. Screenplay by Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carrière. With Laurent Terzieff, Paul Frankeur, Michel Piccoli. In French; English subtitles. 102 min.

A surprising hit in revolutionary 1968 France, this burlesque of Catholic dogma, which Buñuel called his “journey through fanaticism,” follows two French vagabonds who bum their way to the Spanish holy city of Santiago de Compostella, their faith(-lessness) tested by comically outrageous encounters with the living mysteries of the Holy Trinity, the duality of Christ, and the Virgin Mary, and with heretics throughout the ages (the Marquis de Sade and the Whore of Babylon make particularly notable cameos).

35mm print from The Museum of Modern Art; courtesy Rialto Pictures

  1. Saturday, May 18,
    7:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Sunday, May 12,
    1:00 p.m.

    Introduced by screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière
    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
This film accompanies Jean-Claude Carrière.