La Voie Lactée

La Voie Lactée

Director: Luis Buñuel Cast: Laurent Terzieff, Paul Frankeur, Alain Cuny

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While arch surrealist Luis Bunuel never made a secret of his skepticism about the existence of God, he was also raised as a strict Spanish Catholic and remained fascinated with the church's teaching throughout his life, and his obsessions with both faith and the contradictions of dogma provided the basis for this episodic satiric comedy. Jean (Laurent Terzieff) and Pierre (Paul Frankeur) are two threadbare vagabonds who are making their way from Paris to Spain on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of Saint James are believed to be kept. While Jean and Pierre's journey begins in the 20th Century, as they travel they seemingly develop the ability to move through time and space as they pass through a variety of historical scenes taken from a broad range of theological texts -- and all involving heresy in one form or another. As they walk the long road to Santiago de Compostela (when they can't catch a ride), Jean and Pierre encounter Jesus (Bernard Verley), who decides not to shave his beard to keep his mother happy; a young boy with stigmata and unusual powers; the Marquis de Sade (Michel Piccoli), who patently struggles to teach atheism to a young girl he's captured; an eccentric priest who has an irreversible belief in transubstantiation until he changes his mind; two men who put their debate over Catholic dogma to the test in a duel with swords; and Satan (Pierre Clementi), who shows up just in time for a car wreck. La Voie Lactee (aka The Milky Way) was scripted by Bunuel and his frequent screenwriting collaborator Jean-Claude Carriere; each of the film's historic episodes was adapted faithfully from an actual biblical text or historical account.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/23/2019
UPC: 0738329238636
Original Release: 1969
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 31,115

Special Features

Audio Commentary by film critic Nick Pinkerton; Booklet essay by film critic Adam Nayman; Interview with Writer Jean-Claude Carriére; Critical analysis by

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laurent Terzieff Jean
Paul Frankeur Pierre
Alain Cuny Man with Cape
Delphine Seyrig Prostitute
Edith Scob Virgin
Bernard Verley Jesus
Georges Marchal Jesuit
Jean Piat The Jansenist
Jean-Claude Carrière Priscillian
Michel Piccoli Marquis
Julien Bertheau Maitre d'Hotel
Claudio Brook Bishop
Christine Simon Therese
Stephane Bouy Actor
Pierre Clementi The Devil
Michel Creton Actor
Raoul Delfosse Actor
Georges Douking Shepherd
Rita Maiden Actor
Paul Pavel Actor
Douglas Read Actor
Jacques Rispal Actor
Christian Van Cau Apostle Andrew
Michel Dacquin M. Garnier
Jacqueline Rouillard Restaurant Maid
Pascal Fardoulis Actor
François Maistre French Priest
Claude Cerval Brigadier
Muni Mother Superior
Ellen Bahl Mme. Garnier
Michel Etcheverry The Inquisitor
Daniel Pilon Francois
Julien Guiomar Spanish priest
Marcel Pérès The Posadero
Claudine Berg Mother
Jean Clarieux Apostle Peter
Gabriel Gobin Father
Marius Laurey Blind Man
Pierre Maguelon Civil Guard Corporal
Bernard Musson French Innkeeper
Pierre Lary Young monk
Agnés Capri Actor

Technical Credits
Luis Buñuel Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter
Jean-Claude Carrière Screenwriter
Pierre Guffroy Production Designer
Jacqueline Guot Costumes/Costume Designer
Louisette Hautecoeur Editor
Christian Matras Cinematographer
Ulrich Pickardt Production Manager
Serge Silberman Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Milky Way
255. Chapters
1. Pilgrimage [10:42]
2. Trans-Substation [14:43]
3. There Is No God [12:30]
4. Anathema [8:00]
5. Dead Man's Shoes [:16]
6. Duel for Grace [:54]
7. God Is One [7:40]
8. Miraculous Tale [5:11]
9. Room at the Inn [11:49]
10. Frolic in the Grass [9:23]
11. Chapter 11 [13:25]
12. Chapter 12 [7:11]
13. Chapter 13 [:01]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [17:36]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [32:06]

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