Backlog #22: The Milky Way (1969)

I really liked this film. It’s a surrealist attack on the dogma of the Catholic Church framed within the plot of an assortment of modern pilgrims voyaging along the Way of St. James towards Santiago de Compostela.

The attacks are various. Some struck more of a chord with me than others, as a result parts of the film delighted me with their satire and other stretches I found quite dull – that’s the nature of the episodic structure. The immediate things that strikes one in attempting to appreciate Bunuel is that his works do not seem to be great, in the sense of normal canonical cinematic masterpieces: the films are made economically in style and production, the acting appears quite mundane and the themes control the plot so much that the latter seems like a big jigsaw taken apart (especially in the case of the more episodic films). But, his works have a glorious valour (perhaps because of the above), we instinctively feel that they are quite splendid. Why this is the case, I will have to try and break down for myself (possibly by re-watching?).

So I know he and his films are brilliant, even though the evidence does not do much to convince me.


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