Two drifters (Paul Frankeur and Laurent Terzieff) go on a pilgrimage from France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Along the way , they beg for food a man (Alain Cuny) with cape , hitchhike, and face the Christian dogmas and heresies from different Ages . Both of whom meet up with Jesus (Bernard Verley) showing off his abilities , Virgin Mary (Edith Scob) doing miracles , and the Marquis de Sade (Michel Piccoli) who is with a young girl in chains , a prostitute (Delphine Seyrig) and also Satan (Pierre Clementi) who appears during a car accident . This is a typical Buñuel film , as there are a lot of symbolism and surrealism , including mockery or wholesale review upon religion, especially Catholicism . Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both subversive behavior and religion , issues well shown in ¨Milky way¨ . Here Buñuel makes an implacable attack to the Catholic church , theme that would preoccupy Buñuel for the rest of his career . Interesting and thought-provoking screenplay from the same Luis Buñuel and Jean Claude Carriere , Buñuel's usual screenwriter . After returning his native country, Spain, by making ¨Viridiana¨ this film was prohibited on the grounds of blasphemy as well as ¨The milky way¨ or Via Lactea , both of them were strongly prohibited by Spanish censorship . The stories in La Voie Lactée, (1969) are based on real historical episodes . Luis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carrière did extensive research for the film, primarily in the Dictionary of Heresies by Abbé Pluquet. It is packed with surreal moments , criticism , absurd situations and religious elements about Catholic Church ; furthermore Buñuel satirizes and he carries out outright attacks to religious lifestyle and Christian liturgy . According to his autobiography, My Last Sight , Luis Buñuel got the idea of making the film after reading , Historia De Heterodoxos Españoles , by Marcelino Menéndez y Pelayo. Pretty good cast gives fine acting ; it is mostly formed by nice French actors such as Alain Cuny as Man with cape , Edith Scob as Virgin Mary , Bernard Verley as Jesus, Julien Bertheau as Hotel Maitre and Michel Piccoli as Marquis Sade , Pierre Clementi as Devil and Claudio Brook as Bishop .The motion picture was compellingly directed by Luis Buñuel who was voted the 14th Greatest Director of all time . This Buñuel's strange film belongs to his French second period ; in fact , it's plenty of known French actors . As Buñuel subsequently emigrated from Mexico to France where filmed other excellent movies . After moving to Paris , at the beginning Buñuel did a variety of film-related odd jobs , including working as an assistant to director Jean Epstein . With financial help from his mother and creative assistance from Dalí, he made his first film , this 17-minute "Un Chien Andalou" (1929), and immediately catapulted himself into film history thanks to its disturbing images and surrealist plot . The following year , sponsored by wealthy art patrons, he made his first picture , the scabrous witty and violent "Age of Gold" (1930), which mercilessly attacked the church and the middle classes, themes that would preoccupy Buñuel for the rest of his career . That career, though, seemed almost over by the mid-1930s, as he found work increasingly hard to come by and after the Spanish Civil War , where he made ¨Las Hurdes¨ , as Luis emigrated to the US where he worked for the Museum of Modern Art and as a film dubber for Warner Bros . He subsequently went on his Mexican period he teamed up with producer Óscar Dancigers and after a couple of unmemorable efforts shot back to international attention with the lacerating study of Mexican street urchins in ¨Los Olvidados¨ (1950), winning him the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival. But despite this new-found acclaim, Buñuel spent much of the next decade working on a variety of ultra-low-budget films, few of which made much impact outside Spanish-speaking countries , though many of them are well worth seeking out . As he went on filming "The Great Madcap" , ¨The brute¨, "Wuthering Heights", ¨El¨ , "The Criminal Life of Archibaldo De la Cruz" , ¨Robinson Crusoe¨ , ¨Death in the garden¨ and many others . And finally his French-Spanish period in collaboration with producer Serge Silberman and writer Jean-Claude Carrière with notorious as well as polemic films such as ¨Viridiana¨ , Tristana¨ , ¨The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" and his last picture , "That Obscure Object of Desire" .
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