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Simon of the Desert (1965)

Simón del desierto (original title)
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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Cast overview:
... Simón
... The Devil
... Brother Matías
Hortensia Santoveña ... The Mother
Francisco Reiguera ... The Devil as an Old Witch
Luis Aceves Castañeda ... Priest
Enrique García Álvarez
Antonio Bravo ... Priest
Enrique del Castillo ... The Mutilated One
Eduardo MacGregor
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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

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The film was released theatrically in Italy in 1975 as a double-bill with Dutchman (1966). 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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The Devil: Look what innocent legs I've got!
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Referenced in Buñuel y la mesa del rey Salomón (2001) See more »

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Himnos de los Peregrinos
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Hilarious study of religious fanaticism
30 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to see an actual film print of this movie while enrolled in a Latin American film course at CU Boulder. Bunuel was a filmmaker who enjoyed poking at his audiences - one example of this is in his faux-documentary "Land Without Bread." In "Land Without Bread" he pushes the audience to laugh at the misfortunes of others (some versions), whereas in "Simon of the Desert" he pokes at his Catholic heritage.

This film may not be for everyone (especially those who attribute perceived budget to quality of story-telling...ahem). It is a hilarious criticism of religious fanaticism - a elitist man standing, for weeks on end, on a pilar in the middle of the desert in a desperate attempt to 'be closer to his god.' This is film that you can think about; therefore, those people looking to vegetate and be distracted by flickering lights for a couple hours should leave this one on the shelf - preserve the VHS tape (as it is unfortunately not available on DVD) for those who might enjoy it.

So, what will it take for this man to be tempted away from his god? Where does his weakness lie? Excellent film from an outstanding director!


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