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The Milky Way

La voie lactée

Directed by Luis Buñuel
France, Italy, 1969
Comedy, Drama


On a pilgrimage of sorts, two tramps take a journey through time and space on their way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Jesus, the Holy Virgin, the Marquis de Sade, Death and bishops, nuns, priests, prostitutes, vagabonds, and 20th Century bourgeoisie debate all matter of Christian paradoxes.

Our take

A gem in Luis Buñuel’s treasure chest, The Milky Way is a masterpiece in subversive surrealism from his late career. Assembling a stellar ensemble cast—including Delphine Seyrig and Michel Piccoli—it takes aim at the legacy of organized religion through an array of memorably comic scenarios.

The Milky Way Directed by Luis Buñuel

Critics reviews

As theoretically dense as the film may be, and though it contains a catalog of references, usually obscure, along with a litany of incendiary pious observations (everyone is Catholic, contends one ecclesiastic, including Muslims, he says, and Jews “even more so”), Buñuel’s audacious bridging of backdrops and his witty contrasts and tangents tend to moderate any austere interpretations.
February 22, 2018
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A bit of a poor relation among the magnificent films of Buñuel’s late period, but rarely shown and well worth seeing.
January 01, 1980
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