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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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Brother Matías
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Enrique García Álvarez
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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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According to Luis Buñuel, the film's relatively brief running time of 43 minutes resulted from financial constraints. He had envisioned the film to be full length, roughly twice the length it eventually ran, but he had to wrap up production rapidly after the 18th day of filming because he was almost out of money. 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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Referenced in Buñuel y la mesa del rey Salomón (2001) See more »

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Probably the funniest film from Bunuel, but also one of his most vicious attacks on organized religion
12 April 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"Simon of the Desert" isn't one of Bunuel's best movies, but its certainly one of his most entertaining. The absurdest humor throughout is subtle yet hilarious, and the targets are dead-on. As usual with Bunuel, the cynical jabs at organized religion is bound to offend the devout, but its a perfectly realized satire. This ranks with "Viridiana" as Bunuel's most vicious attack on the church. Its not nearly as shocking when viewed today, but its still highly enjoyable to surrealism fans.

There are so many bizarre moments, its difficult to single out any particular one. The most abrupt probably is the ending. Due to dwindling funds for the film, the producers decided to film an ending (which I won't spoil here) that seems to come out of nowhere. Some have criticized this, but I feel its a hilarious prank that Bunuel plays on the audience and possibly the most surreal moment in a film full of them. The low budget also explains the films short length, at 45 minutes. If it was any longer, it may have become monotonous. At this brief running time, its absolutely perfect. "Simon of the Desert" is probably Bunuel's funniest film. (8/10)


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