Milky Way, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1969) / Region 1
Milky Way, The: The Criterion Collection

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Milky Way, The: The Criterion Collection

The first of what Luis Bunuel later proclaimed a trilogy (along with The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie and The Phantom Of Liberty) about "the search for truth," The Milky Way (La Voie Lactee) daringly deconstructs contemporary and traditional views on Catholicism with ribald, rambunctious surreality. Two French beggars, present-day pilgrims en route to Spain's holy city of Santiago de Compostela, serve as Bunuel's narrators for an anticlerical history of heresy, told with absurdity and filled with images that rank among Bunuel's most memorable (stigmatic children, crucified nuns) and hilarious (Jesus considering a good shave). A diabolically entertaining look at the mysteries of fanaticism, The Milky Way remains a hotly debated work from cinema's greatest skeptic.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jun 22 2007
  • Production Year 1969
  • Empire SKU 1346759
  • UPC Code 715515025126
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Video introduction by screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere
New video interview with film scholar Ian Christie
Luis Bunuel: Atheist Thanks To God, a documentary featuring several of Bunuel's close friends and collaborators
Original theatrical trailer
Plus: A booklet featuring new essays by Carlos Fuentes and Mark Polizzotti, and an interview with Luis Bunuel


  • Audio
    French Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.66:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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