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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.

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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
Enrique Álvarez Félix ... Hermano Matías / Young monk
Hortensia Santoveña ... Madre de Simón / The mother
Francisco Reiguera 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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Short | Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

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

Luis Buñuel: [Injured Hands] Simon performs a miracle to restore a peasant's mangled hands. 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

The Devil as an Old Witch: [running away naked] I'll be back, shaggy locks!
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Connections

Referenced in The Expanse of Heaven (2012) See more »

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Fabulous fun from legendary Bunuel
26 January 1999 | by pooch-8See all my reviews

The strange and unforgettable conclusion of Luis Bunuel's classic Simon of the Desert sneaks up on viewers so quickly that most react with some kind of surprise or shock that the film has come to an end. Only forty-five minutes, the story of the pillar-perching ascetic defies the conventions of the short film format and unfolds like a fully developed feature. Laugh-out-loud hilarious, the movie bursts with inventive visual gags and clever writing, along with Bunuel's trademark knack for knockout surrealist images. But it doesn't stop there; Bunuel's direction is a tour-de-force (I love the dizzying angles from Simon's lofty elevation intercut with the views of the people below).


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