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Simon del Desierto Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Forty minutes is more than enough screen time for Spanish director Luis Buñuel to state his case in Simon of the Desert. Claudio Brook portrays fifth-century Christian Simon (later St. Simon Stylites) who dispenses religious sagacity while standing on a tall column in the middle of the desert. Typical of Buñuel's hatred of the Church, the Devil (Silvia Pinal) is a far more entertaining and articulate spokesperson for his point of view than Simon is for Christianity. An abrupt, ill-suited ending suggests that Buñuel either tired of the subject and wanted to move on to other things, or that he ran out of money and had to wrap before the process servers showed up. This Mexican film was originally titled Simon del Desierto. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 11, 1969

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Luis Buñuel Special Jury Prize 1965 Winner

Cast

Claudio Brook
as Simon
Silvia Pinal
as The Devil
Hortensia Santovena
as The Mother

Crew

Luis Buñuel
Director
Gustavo Alatriste
Producer
Luis Buñuel
Screenwriter
Gabriel Figueroa
Cinematographer
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