It won the international prize at the Cannes Film Festival [1] and was selected as the Mexican entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 32nd Academy Awards , but was not selected as a nominee. Andrei Tarkovsky named it one of his 10 favorite films. Padre Nazario, a Catholic priest living in a poor hotel, is quiet, temperate and distributes his money, even indifferent to being burgled. He demonstrates understanding and compassion to those such as Beatriz, who has psychotic episodes and suicidal thoughts after being cast aside by her lover, Pinto. A prostitute, Andara, runs into Nazario's room seeking shelter; she has murdered another prostitute and been wounded.

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A retelling of the gospels in the style of Don Quixote. An interesting read, if not exactly an essential one.

Perez-Galdos has a compelling style in keeping with the realists of the nineteenth century. I've seen comparisons with Dickens but I feel like he has a style of his own. Apr 25, khashayar rated it it was amazing. It was indeed a chef-d'oeuvre and I really liked it. It happened to be a treasure in Nowruz holidays and filled my hours with joy and mirth.

Padre Nazario has the bearing of a religious Don Quixote and even though his peregrination is teemed with mircales in the first phase of his adventures, everything turns upside down in an adept and somehow appealing way. I do recommend the book. Somewhat of a mix of Jesus and an anti-Quixote. Funny and interesting, it really seems to catch the feeling of the day. I only wish I had a Spanish copy to read, though the translation seems decent.

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He was the leading literary figure in 19th century Spain. As recently as , few of his works were available translated to English, although he has slowly become popular in the Anglophone world. While his plays are generally considered to be less successful than his novels, Realidad is important in the history of realism in the Spanish theatre.

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Nazarin by Benito Perez Galdos

The sense of misery is so profound that everything, except the pure, etched photography of Gabriel Figueroa, comes out mediocre. The film is so bitter, with just a ghostly, uncontagious smile, as to be almost bored with itself. Any ideologue who could take heart from it must have gone to see it on a very sunny day. Francisco Rabal plays a vapid young priest in Mexico, under the dictator Porfirio Diaz—plays him without vitality, without purity, without even a lovable, bumbling goodness. The priest lives in a slum house, teeming with thieves, whores and entrepreneurs of various kinds.


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Perez Galdos was Spain's outstanding nineteenth-century novelist. At a time when most Spanish novelists were limited by their regional backgrounds, Galdos possessed the intellect and vision to embrace the Spanish people as a nation. In he began the Episodios nacionales National Episodes , a volume series of historical novels in which he was concerned less with details and facts of history than with their impact on the lives of ordinary people. His works are sometimes divided into two periods: novels of the first period and contemporary Spanish novels. His early novels, Dona Perfecta , Gloria , Marianela , and The Family of Leon Roch , may be characterized as realistic with touches of romanticism. The novels are united by common characters and themes in the manner of Balzac's Human Comedy.

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