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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.


Luis Buñuel


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


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


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This is the final film of Luis Buñuel's Mexican period. He made twenty films from Mexico in total. 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 »


Simon: Stay near me if you so desire, Mother. But I take my leave of you in this life with this embrace. My love for you must not come between my Lord and his servant. Farewell. We will meet again in his presence.
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Referenced in The Expanse of Heaven (2012) See more »


Himnos de los Peregrinos
Written by Raúl Lavista
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Simon of the Desert
27 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Simon of the Desert (1965)

**** (out of 4)

Bizarre "religious" film from Luis Bunuel is one of the best I've seen from him. Simon (Claudio Brook) climbs a column in the desert to be closer to God but soon has Satan try to tempt him with earthly pleasures. To give anything else away would ruin a few twists and turns along the way but I was pleasantly surprised with this little short. Bunuel has become one of my favorite directors but I find watching his religious films to be very frustrating because he either goes over the top with what I find stupid or I feel he spends way too much time trying to make points but everything here worked pretty well with me. The black humor mixed in with the messages was a great touch and Bunuel did a terrific job with all the temptation scenes. The scene with the nude woman trying to tempt Simon was brilliantly done.

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Spanish | Latin

Release Date:

9 February 1970 (Mexico) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Samalayuca, Chihuahua, Mexico


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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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