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Simon of the Desert (1965)

Simón del desierto (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Drama | 9 February 1970 (Mexico)
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 to come down to Earth and is trying to seduce him.

Director:

Luis Buñuel

Writers:

Luis Buñuel (based on a story by), Luis Buñuel (screenplay and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Claudio Brook ... Simón
Enrique Álvarez Félix ... Hermano Matías / Young monk
Hortensia Santoveña ... Madre de Simón / The mother
Francisco Reiguera ... Monje viejo / Old monk
Luis Aceves Castañeda ... Hermano Trifón / Monk
Enrique García Álvarez ... Hermano Zenón / Old monk
Antonio Bravo Antonio Bravo ... Monje / Monk
Enrique del Castillo Enrique del Castillo ... El mutilado / The Mutilated One
Eduardo MacGregor Eduardo MacGregor ... Hermano Daniel / Monk
Silvia Pinal ... El diablo / The Devil
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Short | Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Trivia

Luis Buñuel was inspired to take on this project after reading "The Golden Legend", a 13th-century biography of saints. See more »

Goofs

When the coffin is floating through the desert toward Simon's pillar, the wire pulling the coffin can be seen several times. See more »

Quotes

Simon: Satan! I fear you not. The Lord will render useless all your intrigues. How long will you go on seeking mankind's undoing?
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Connections

Referenced in Life Itself (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Himnos de los Peregrinos
Written by Raúl Lavista
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Immanence of trascendent
25 September 2019 | by anthonyf94See all my reviews

Atypical Buñuel movie, "Simon del deserto" Is a short work about an solitary religious man story, that live on a column in the desert. He has to deal with all kind of tentations, that take from Buñuel the strange condition, the surreality and the grotesque. The result is a satirical path on religious credences that, even if the visionary madness typical of Buñuel is absent, that put the protagonist in front of sins, and reveals all his material humanity.


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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish | Latin

Release Date:

9 February 1970 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Samalayuca, Chihuahua, Mexico

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,843
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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