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Simón del desierto (1965)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Drama | 9 February 1970 (Mexico)
Simon, a deeply religious man living in the 4th century, wants to be nearer to God so he climbs a column. The Devil wants him come down to Earth and is trying to seduce him.

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Claudio Brook ...
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Enrique Álvarez Félix ...
Brother Matías
Hortensia Santoveña ...
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Enrique García Álvarez
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Enrique del Castillo ...
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Eduardo MacGregor
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The ascetic Simón believes he is a sinner and decides to self-inflict a sacrifice, living like a hermit on the top of a pedestal in the middle of the desert to be closer to God and resist the temptations of the world. His followers are peasants and travelers that believe that Simón is a saint capable of performing miracles and they crowd to hear his speeches. However, Satan tries to tempt him with the pleasures of the world. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The film's eponymous ascetic is based on the 5th-century Syrian saint Simeon Stylites. While this film takes obvious artistic license with the story, Simeon Stylites also famously perched on a pillar in the desert, reportedly for 37 consecutive years. See more »

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When the coffin is floating through the desert toward Simon's pillar, the wire pulling the coffin can be seen several times. See more »

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Simon: I beginning to realize I don't realize what I'm saying.
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I'm beginning to realize I don't realize what I am saying.
22 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In his Mexican exile during the Spanish War, Luis Buñuel produced some fine films, including this one starring Claudio Brook (Alucarda, The Exterminating Angel) and Silvia Pinal (Viridiana, The Exterminating Angel) as The Devil.

This is a strange film, supposedly based upon the acts of a real saint, about an ascetic who sits atop a tall column in the desert praying, while his mother waits below.

The Devil continues to return to tempt Simon. Seeing the Devil as a woman with large breasts exposed was interesting, and would have temped me.

Simon is finally shown the futility of his penance as the world goes on despite him.


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