Empty Days

Saturday, February 07, 2004



Flipping through the channels, caught The Milky Way (a film by Luis Bunuel) which was really hilarious and not only that. If you've ever seen a film by Bunuel you know how it is. There is also an embedded episode starring Marquis de Sade and Justine in the dungeon :-0
In this odd but enjoyable film, surrealist director Luis Bunuel eschews things like plot and character development in favor of a wholescale attack on what he sees as the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church. This should not be a surprise, since the Church is a common target in Bunuel's films. What is surprising is the almost academic nature of the film. It is literally like taking a guided tour of major and minor heresies in Church history, as well as a sort of rethinking of Jesus and the place of religion in the modern world.
Precisely. This is one continuous litany of the thorniest and pointiest theological discussions you've ever heard or read on the subject. The funny part is that these lofty debates are held in the most unlikely places, which is Bunuel's usual formula. But it's not just your mindless religion-bashing. Quite the contrary - and this is the real surprise of the film.





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