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Simon of the Desert (1965)
"Simón del desierto" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  9 February 1970 (Mexico)
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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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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. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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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 of the Desert
27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Simon of the Desert (1965)

**** (out of 4)

Bizarre "religious" film from Luis Bunuel is one of the best I've seen from him. Simon (Claudio Brook) climbs a column in the desert to be closer to God but soon has Satan try to tempt him with earthly pleasures. To give anything else away would ruin a few twists and turns along the way but I was pleasantly surprised with this little short. Bunuel has become one of my favorite directors but I find watching his religious films to be very frustrating because he either goes over the top with what I find stupid or I feel he spends way too much time trying to make points but everything here worked pretty well with me. The black humor mixed in with the messages was a great touch and Bunuel did a terrific job with all the temptation scenes. The scene with the nude woman trying to tempt Simon was brilliantly done.


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