Nazarín (1959), Not Recommended, TSPDT #835


I love Buñuel and have seen 16 of his films, but I just couldn’t enjoy this film at all. It’s about a priest who tries to live a good life, but is persecuted and seems to find it impossible to live that way. I missed the surrealism, I didn’t see much derision for the bourgeoisie nor a hatred for organized religion. Sure there is the laughing Jesus as shown above, but it’s not the same. Buñuel’s work in Mexico is certainly not as strong as his work in Spain and France. I can’t recommend this film.

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