Luís Buñuel’s The Milky Way follows two pilgrims en route to the shrine of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, in Spain. Despite the setting in politically tumultuous 1969, no one they encounter mentions politics, only religion. Making outrageous leaps across space and time—Albigensian heretics perform secret rites; the pope is assassinated by a group of radicals; in a domestic scene, Mary compliments Jesus on his beard—the film is a provocative turn to theology, produced at a time when filmmaking was focused on political themes. (1969, 91 min. Dir. L. Buñuel.)
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