Simon of the desert

Simon of the desert

DVD - 2008 | Spanish
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In order to prove he is devoted to God, a 4th century saint stays on the top of a pillar for over six years while he is tempted by the devil in the form of a beautiful woman.


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May 05, 2017

Hilarious look at a renunciate atop a pillar in the desert- it's a short film but a deadpan and funny one by Bunuel- worth watching.

May 01, 2017

Luis Bunuel's Simon of the Desert is a short, but highly satisfying, surrealist parable about religious faith and morality, self-righteous intolerance, temptation, and corruption.

Jan 19, 2016

This is a 1965 film directed by Luis Buñuel, loosely based on the story of the ascetic 5th-century Syrian saint Simeon Stylites, who lived for 39 years on top of a column.
A woman visits Simón three times: first as an innocent girl chanting curses in Latin, second disguised as Jesus.
She constantly tries to make Simón give up his task and climb down from the pillar, but he refuses every time.
The third time, a coffin trails across the desert and finally stops next to the pillar.
It opens up to reveal Satan, clad in a toga, who at last climbs up the pillar and vanishes with Simón for good.
In an anachronistic turn, the couple find themselves sitting inside a crowded New York nightclub in the 1960s with a live rock band on stage.
Satan tells Simón that the song the hipsters in the 1960s are dancing to is called Radioactive Flesh.
It is quite funny to see the young folks dance like monkeys, but in the 1960s "The Twist" was supposed to be a super-modern fad, which appears silly now.
Likewise, Simón seems silly to me.

Vincent T Lombardo Jun 27, 2015

Shows the absurdity of religious extremism and the consequences of not thinking for yourself, but executed in Bunuel's inimitable way.

May 20, 2015

Although described on the cover as 'surrealistic' (which it is not), this allegorical film nevertheless has its charms.


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