Thank God, always an atheist
This was Buńuel’s first film made in Spain after 25 years of exile. It won the Golden Palm in Cannes in 1961.
Viridiana is a young nun who is about to take her vows. Immediately before an older nun in her convent tells Viridiana she should visit her uncle Jorge who had supported her up to then. Since Viridiana looks a lot like Jorge’s late wife, he tries to persuade the young girl to stay with him at his estate…
The story takes place in the 5th century and the protagonist is the recluse Simón (based on St. Simón). He is deeply religious and, wishing to become closer to God, he climbs on a pole in the desert. There a devil appears and tests Simón’s faith. Each time the devil appears in a different form - he comes as a woman, a shepherd and a priest, but Simón sees through him every time. In the end, the devil takes Simón to a disco in New York in the 1960s.
This is a bitter satire that follows the progressive degeneration of a group of noble people into bestial savages. The film begins with a group of guests arriving to dinner. They are all elegantly dressed and they seem to be having a great time. After dinner they retire to the salon where they learn that all the servants have disappeared and that they for some unknown reason cannot leave the room even though all windows and doors are open.
The kind-hearted Doctor Valerio and his wife get transferred to a new post on a Mediterranean island. The doctor, who is always ready to help other people, is disgusted with the way the local factory owner exploits his employees. The arrival of a beautiful stranger named Clara marks the beginning of a new era in the doctor’s life. First he falls in love with Clara and his wife leaves him. Finally he decides to confront the factory owner.
Traver, a young black musician, is on the run after being falsely accused of rape. He arrives to an isolated island inhabited by the middle-aged Miller and fourteen-year-old Evalyn, whose grandpa recently passed away. Now Miller takes care of the girl and plans to marry her. During Miller’s absence from the island, Traver meets Evalyn and pays her for some food and a gun. When Miller finds out about Traver’s visit he decides to find him and kill him. But soon a priest arrives to the island and l...
We follow the life story of the maid Céléstine. In the 1930s, she works at the Monteil family’s estate in the country. The family consists of Mr Rabour, with a fetish for shoes, his frigid daughter and her maid-chasing husband. Céléstine has to learn to cope with her new surroundings which also include Joseph, a fascist ranger who flirts with her and their neighbor, a retired officer who cannot stand Mr. Monteil.
Séverine is a beautiful young woman married to a doctor. Even though she loves her husband, she is bored with her marriage and totally sexually disinterested in her husband. Soon, she starts having lively sexual fantasies, which she quickly starts to turn into reality when she gets a job as a prostitute in a nearby bordello. Her professional name is Belle de jour. Or is this just her fantasy?
This film won the Golden lion in Venice in 1967.
Two pilgrims, Pierre and Jean travel to Santiago de Compostella in North Spain. Along the way, their faith is challenged when they meet a diverse group of priests, nuns, Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, Marquis De Sade, and the devil...
This is Luis Buńuel’s last film and it tells the story of Mathieu and Conchita’s relationship. He is a rich middle-aged French man and she is his former nineteen-year-old maid who. He is attracted to her and she plays a game of cat and mouse with him. It is an interesting side-light that two actresses play Conchita. The story of their affair is told by Mathieu during a ride on a train after he pours a bucket of water on a young girl’s head at the train station.