Cinema: Orare Est La bora re?

Viridiana (Kingsley International). In the first reel of the first important film directed by Spain's Luis Bunuel, something surreal called Un Chien Andalou (1929), the camera watches closely as Bunuel himself opens a straight razor and with surgical precision slits a woman's eyeball. From that frame forward, Moviemaker Bunuel left no doubt in anybody's mind that he intends to open people's eyes. In his masterpiece, Los Olmdados (1950), he opened people's eyes to the horrors of poverty in the Mexican slums. In Viridiana, a strange but powerful film that contains one episode of Goyesque genius, he attempts to open people's eyes...

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