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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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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
Silvia Pinal ... The Devil
Enrique Álvarez Félix ... Brother Matías
Hortensia Santoveña Hortensia Santoveña ... The Mother
Francisco Reiguera Francisco Reiguera ... The Devil as an Old Witch
Luis Aceves Castañeda ... Priest
Enrique García Álvarez
Antonio Bravo Antonio Bravo ... Priest
Enrique del Castillo Enrique del Castillo ... The Mutilated One
Eduardo MacGregor Eduardo MacGregor
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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:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish | Latin

Release Date:

9 February 1970 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Simon of the Desert See more »

Filming Locations:

Samalayuca, Chihuahua, Mexico

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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: What's this dance called?
The Devil: "Radioactive Flesh." It's the latest - and the last!
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Connections

Referenced in La extensión del cielo (2012) See more »

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Himnos de los Peregrinos
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One of the best Buñuel's films even if it's not complete
5 April 2001 | by oscar (ossanser)See all my reviews

This film is maybe one of the best films that Buñuel ever made although not among the most popular. Why? Because the production was shot faster than fast and the money ran out so the film couldn't complete the screenplay and art direction is poor. Besides there is the cultural fact, you need some religious background (Catholic if possible) to understand the irony of the film and the references. Humour differs from drama mainly in it's strong connection with time and environment while the latter is more transcultural and timeless. Buñuel had a deep religious knowledge although he lacked faith. The reason why the rock scene is so is that Buñuel didn't like rock. Sometimes people prefer Buñuel's French films because they look more glamorous, the caracters are more sophisticated and wearing richer clothes. Anyway I think the core of his filmography are his 'hispanic' films and the first ones ('l'age d'or', 'le chien andalou', Él, Los Olvidados, Viridiana, Tristana,...).


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