New Movies: The Love-Hate of Luis Bunuel

"Thank God, I am still an atheist," claims Director Luis Buñuel. On that rock he has built his crutch—a lifelong obsession with Spanish Catholicism. In a career that spans four decades and nearly 40 films, Bunñel, now 69, has occasionally abandoned the object of his love-hate, as in the erotic trivia of Belle de Jour. But such lapses are brief. With The Milky Way the grand old unbeliever returns to his favorite theme in a magical mystery tour of the dogma, hypocrisy and glories of Christianity.

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