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Simon of the Desert (Criterion) (1965)

Cast: Claudio Brook, Claudio Brook, Silvia Pinal, more...
Director: Luis Bu˝uel, Luis Bu˝uel
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Politics and Social Issues, Spain, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 45 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Forty minutes is more than enough screen time for Spanish director Luis Bu˝uel 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 Bu˝uel'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 Bu˝uel 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, All Movie Guide



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