Nazarin (1959)

Dir. Luis Bunuel

The first of two adaptations of the novels of Spanish writer Galdos (Bunuel had known him in his youth), the film follows a priest (a haunting performance from Francisco Rabal) who is defrocked for championing a prostitute and an outcast and takes to the road with the two women, living out his ideals in rural Mexico until they are smashed by the brutish reality of the world. Somewhat ambiguous but taken by most as an attack on religion.

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