Nazarin (1958)




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One of cinema's true innovators, Luis Buñuel takes a Spanish novel about a Don Quixote-like priest who is ridiculed for following the path of Christ, and brilliantly transposes it to turn-of-the-century Mexico. When he is defrocked for championing a prostitute and an outcast, Don Nazario takes to the road with the two women, living out his ideals until they are smashed by an uncaring world. "A masterpiece that reveals the human condition and shows us a way to surpass it. Buñuel's film unfolds under the double arch of beauty and rebellion.
Art House & International , Drama
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Producciones Barbachano Ponce


Francisco Rabal
as Father Nazario
Marga Lopez
as Beatriz
Rita Macedo
as Andara
Jesús Fernández
as Ujo, the Dwarf
Ignacio López Tarso
as The Sacrilegist
Ignacio Lopez Tarzo
as Church Thief
Ada Carrasco
as Josefa
Luis Aceves Castañeda
as The Parricide
Antonio Bravo
as Architect
Aurora Molina
as La Carmella
Noe Murayama
as El Pinto
Manuel Arvide
as Architect's Assistant
Edmundo Barbero
as Don Angel
Raul Dantes
as Sergeant
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Critic Reviews for Nazarin

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It is so grim that it lacks even the energy to present itself dramatically.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It lacks his brilliant wit and seems much less adventurous than his 60s masterpieces.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A film of inner and outer wounds

Full Review… | June 14, 2015

A very straightforward film for Buñuel.

Full Review… | February 2, 2012
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Nazarin


one of buñuel's greatest mexican films, or let's just say greatest films. far more compassion than i was expecting from the great cynic in a religious setting and a great performance by paco rabal. open to many interpretations

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Dig up your hole Virgin Mary, Mother Teresa is waiting for you and her beloved prince-charming is standing aside!!!
Act 5 over, Scene 5 over, don't you worry Nazarin, your time hasn't come just yet...

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer


Good but not great. I didn't think it was as funny as it was apparently meant to be, but it was interesting.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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