With this movie, director Luis Bunuel succeeds to give me a (biblical) cinematic miracle. He tackled the religion subject with a satire or social commentary. Rather than taunt it with an extreme prejudice, he took me to question the complexity of religion with his eccentric style. What is "devotion to God"? Will I go to the heaven? Only his audience can answer it. The ending is the most Bunuel thing I've ever seen...
70/100 (Önceden çok seviyordum. Şimdi aklı selim bir şekilde izledim. Tek bir ironi üzerine kurulu deizm sevdasından öteye gidememiş meğersem. Ben bu filmi ateist yapıda zannediyordum. Ancak malesef mucizelere olumlu bir bakış var. Tek sorun da bu değil. O yobaz adamı eleştiri sahneleri yetersiz, kadının şeytan gözükmesi hoş değildi. Bazı saçmalıklar da var. Yine de sonu özelinde Bunuel sürrealizmi akıyor..)
Human history told as a theological tale, tinged with the usual blasphemous sting by Bunuel. This is a sublime venture into renunciation and asceticism, told with bravura, wit, humor and wry intelligence. The incarnations of the Devil take the usual shape but the leap forward to secular modernization culminates in an ingenious dance sequence that functions both as a confirmation and refutation of Christian theology!
I concur with others as far as being glad that this film ultimately doesn't drag out too long. I don't know whether I think this film goes far enough as far as critiquing Simon for his self-sacrificial extremity. I also have mixed feelings about the ending, which is metaphorically interesting in a jokey way; but inconclusive in how it deals with Simon's continuing battle with Satan. But definitely worth seeing.