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Probably the funniest film from Bunuel, but also one of his most vicious attacks on organized religion
"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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