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Nazarin Reviews

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½ March 22, 2017
To paraphrase the priest: the desire to do evil things comes from the imagination, as does the cure for evil, along with a healthy diet and exercise.

A film about the failure of faith, cold harsh reality tearing apart a faithful union.
½ November 10, 2016
I just couldn't fully get into this Luis Bunuel classic from his Mexico phase. It follows a priest on the road who endures many hardships, but for reason I felt nothing for the priest as he could've easily avoided his troubles. I also found some of the acting weak, with a few over the top performances. It just didn't work for me, but very much a subjective thing so see and judge for yourself.
½ January 18, 2015
Another side to Bunuel, which makes his religious criticism all the more fascinating. Brilliant.
½ May 26, 2014
This is just hilarious!
½ May 5, 2014
"It lacks his brilliant wit and seems much less adventurous than his 60s masterpieces."
December 29, 2013
How to live a perfect life in a corrupted world?--A man of God!!
November 6, 2013
A very great film.

But very unlike other films by Bunuel.

It is, perhaps, the case, where the protagonist leads the author, not vice verca. And he leads Bunuel and us (the viewers) into the region of an absolute tragedy.

Why tragedy is so tied up with being christian? Does being christian in itself means, that one is doomed for tragedy? Or, actually, one should be open to tragic side of the world to be christian?

Anyway, the followup is pretty straightforward - if one choses to follow Christ's steps, one will be executed. Even after 2000 years...

Yet Bunuel does not condemn the society, killing its "new Christ", just as Nazaring himself does not....

Perhaps, the film as a new great variation on a parable of a dying god - one of 4 eternal plots according to Jorge Luis Borges. The problem posed by it cannot be solved. It just is...
½ June 18, 2013
Darn near a masterpiece. A shockingly charitable depiction from Buñuel, who is notorious for being the opposite. Almost Bresson-like. Francisco Rabal portrays one of my favorite characters in movie history. The only thing that prevents me from giving it five stars is that I can imagine a slightly more dramatically satisfying conclusion, in terms of Beatriz & Pinto. Otherwise, a superior film! I had previously thought that 'El' was Buñuel's best film... this is even better.

(Many of the interpretations I've read are, frankly, ridiculous. Some argue that he gets nothing for his sacrifice. Firstly, that's not true. Secondly, what is he trying to get? If the goal was popularity & avoiding getting beaten & maligned, then of course there are better ways of going about it. However, it wasn't. It only proves the corruption of the world, which is exactly the reason he has to counter it & stand out.)
Super Reviewer
½ March 25, 2013
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
½ December 16, 2012
Bunuel follows the titular priest, who aims to follow Jesus in thought and deed, through a variety of travails. His naivete brings him into conflict with the law (after sheltering a prostitute who sets his hostel on fire), forcing him to leave his station (under advice from the bishop, who doesn't want the church's reputation sullied). Bunuel's jabs at the church and society, typical of his often biting films, are softened here as he displays a fondness for his hapless hero. Despite getting into trouble and causing headaches for others, Nazarin really is trying to do the right thing and Bunuel knows it. His point is that, without consensus in society that these are the right ways to act (a consensus that is probably impossible to build, and certainly not attempted by the passive Nazarin), then the religious person becomes nothing more than a holy fool.
December 11, 2012
Nazarín de Luis Buñuel, filmada en México durante su exilio. Narra las aventuras de un padre que buscando ser congruente con sus creencias, practica activamente el principio de ayudar a los demás, sin ambiciones materiales y dando y recibiendo caridad... a través de esta puesta, descubrimos como los principios de bondad son contrarios con la iglesia, y como aplicados sin condición, fiel a sus principios, se ve envuelto en una serie de complicaciones.
½ August 1, 2011
Rating: 3.6/5. A good character study by Bunuel. Although I believe his french films were more complete. I loved Rabal, who's character is similar to Jesus. I liked the dream sequence also. Not one of the great films of Bunuel, but definitely watch it!
½ April 22, 2011
Brilliant Mexican film about a noble priest who tries to follow the path of Christ, only to be harassed by the society, authorities and his own superiors.
Super Reviewer
January 2, 2011
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...
½ January 1, 2011
Interesting Bunuel, but not at the same level with his greats
October 3, 2010
A Jesus Christ-like priest lives in abject poverty and renounces worldly possessions in a Mexican town in 1900. He moves from town to town following the teachings of Christ, but his good intentions lead to violence and death and others bully, assault and ridicule him for his naivete or unwillingness to compromise. Is the priest an innocent floundering in a world filled with sin, or is the world rejecting him simply becase he highlights their sins?
½ May 23, 2010
Digamos que no es mi obra favorita de Buñuel y que prefiero Los Olvidados sobre esta, aunque tiene un sarcasmo bastnte disfrutable con personajes que pueden llegar a ser súmamente exagerados como el de Rita Macedo, el cual es absolutamente vulgar y que da cuenta de sus pecados y de la bondad de Don Nazario despues de que éste la salva de irse presa.

El personaje de Nazario tiende a ser mesiánico y es una clara alegoría a la vida de Jesucristo (que no a Don Quijote) y que más que ser un precepto católico por la condición de cura recae en el cristianismo por la doctrina de llevar una vida basada en el ejemplo de Cristo. Incluso su nombre es una composición que parte de Nazareth, lugar de origen de Jesús.

Esto hace que el personaje no tenga tantas implicaciones e incluso puede llega a volverse predecible en su final. Al inicio él se siene orgulloso de recibir caridad. Luego vemos también que esa caridad acarrea problemas y maravillosamente l reflexiona al final. No es un miedo a ser, sino un miedo a esa condición de caridad, de casi mendigo y pordiosero que éste tenía y no le dan cualquier fruta, como la que le dan a su vigilante, sino en vez de manzana una piña.

La gente cree en el poder de su fe más de lo que él lo hace y esos episodios que nos muesta Buñuel son completamente bíbliocos con una fotografía como sólo Gabriel Figueroa lo hizo.
May 3, 2010
the first half is almost flawless : taught, considered, and works like a machine. everything you could ask from bunuel, who clearly paid it alot of care. after that it gets a little lazy. attempts to make up for the uneven second half, visual fetishes and jokes ('ugly' and 'shorty'), do help just not enough.
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