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

Not Rated  |   |  Short, Comedy, Drama  |  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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Eduardo MacGregor
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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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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: What's this dance called?
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One of the best Buñuel's films even if it's not complete
5 April 2001 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

This film is maybe one of the best films that Buñuel ever made although not among the most popular. Why? Because the production was shot faster than fast and the money ran out so the film couldn't complete the screenplay and art direction is poor. Besides there is the cultural fact, you need some religious background (Catholic if possible) to understand the irony of the film and the references. Humour differs from drama mainly in it's strong connection with time and environment while the latter is more transcultural and timeless. Buñuel had a deep religious knowledge although he lacked faith. The reason why the rock scene is so is that Buñuel didn't like rock. Sometimes people prefer Buñuel's French films because they look more glamorous, the caracters are more sophisticated and wearing richer clothes. Anyway I think the core of his filmography are his 'hispanic' films and the first ones ('l'age d'or', 'le chien andalou', Él, Los Olvidados, Viridiana, Tristana,...).


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