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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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... 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's eponymous ascetic is based on the 5th-century Syrian saint Simeon Stylites. While this film takes obvious artistic license with the story, Simeon Stylites also famously perched on a pillar in the desert, reportedly for 37 consecutive years. 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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Simon: I beginning to realize I don't realize what I'm saying.
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Simon of the Desert
27 February 2008 | by See 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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