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
This is the final film of Luis Buñuel's Mexican period. He made twenty films from Mexico in total. See more »
When the coffin is floating through the desert toward Simon's pillar, the wire pulling the coffin can be seen several times. See more »
Stay near me if you so desire, Mother. But I take my leave of you in this life with this embrace. My love for you must not come between my Lord and his servant. Farewell. We will meet again in his presence.
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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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