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.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Did You Know?
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
When the coffin is floating through the desert toward Simon's pillar, the wire pulling the coffin can be seen several times. See more
What's this dance called?
"Radioactive Flesh." It's the latest - and the last!
Referenced in La extensión del cielo
Himnos de los Peregrinos
Written by Raúl Lavista See more