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Nazarin (1958)

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Movie Info

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.

Cast

Francisco Rabal
as Father Nazario
Marga Lopez
as Beatriz
Jesús Fernández
as Ujo, the Dwarf
Ignacio López Tarso
as The Sacrilegist
Ignacio Lopez Tarzo
as Church Thief
Noe Murayama
as El Pinto
Antonio Bravo
as Architect
Aurora Molina
as La Carmella
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)

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

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

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

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A film of inner and outer wounds

June 14, 2015 | Full Review…
CinePassion

A very straightforward film for Buñuel.

February 3, 2012 | Full Review…
Combustible Celluloid

Perhaps the most accomplished and difficult of Luis Buñuel's Mexican films.

December 19, 2007 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This is another fine example of Buñuel's powerful films made during his exile in Mexico.

February 9, 2006 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Nazarin

½

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

½

Only Buñuel's boundless brilliance and cynicism could achieve this mischievous, thought-provoking drama. A sad testament of what happens inside nearly all religious groups, only very few practice what they preach.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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