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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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Short movie about an anchorite on a column by the master Luis Buñuel
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This surrealist film is based on St. Simon Stylites who lived circa A.D. 400. He was a ragged ascetic (well played by a bearded Claudio Brook) who spent thirty-seven years atop a seventy-foot pillar preaching to Christian flocks and avoiding temptation . As he is tempted by the devil (a beauty Silvia Pinal) under various forms.

This rare movie is largely considered a Luis Buñuel's masterpiece. It's a comic parable about a tattered anchorite with some humor and hilarious criticism to Catholic Church. After returning his native country, Spain, by making 'Viridiana' but this film was prohibited on the grounds of blasphemy, then Buñuel with his screenwriter Julio Alejandro go back Mexico where realizes in low budget 'Simon of the desert' and produced by Gustavo Alatriste. Good and atmospheric cinematography by excellent Mexican cameraman Gabriel Figueroa. Religious music for a pilgrim hymn and of course 'the drums of Calanda', Luis Buñuel's location of birth . This movie won deservedly the Special Jury Prize at the 1965 Venice Film Festival. Nice strange story for Luis Buñuel aficionados, being hauled by some reviewers as one of the best short film - forty minutes- ever made. Rating : Above average, worthwhile watching.


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