Simon of the Desert is Luis Buñuel’s wicked and wild take on the life of devoted ascetic Saint Simeon Stylites, who waited atop a pillar surrounded by a barren landscape for six years, six months, and six days, in order to prove his devotion to God.
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An enjoyable and thankfully brief black comedy by Bunuel that has a memorable ending. However, much like all of his work that deals with religion, it seems dated somewhat. In a world where South Park has made a mockery out religion for nearly 20 years, it's hard to be really impressed by something so tame that doesn't really offer anything new. Still, it's another engaging collaboration between Bunuel and Pinal.
I'm kind of glad this Bunuel film was cut short; I can't imagine it sustaining its premise for a whole film, and the rushed, tacked on ending is actually the most interesting part. Excellent if you're looking for Cinema under an hour...let the record show that sometimes production woes inspire the best results. An interesting corner of Bunuel's work.
An absolutely excellent Bunuel short. It's a shame he ran out of money while filming this and had to rewrite the ending, because that is the only part that perhaps feels rushed and not at the same pacing as the rest of the movie. That being said the ending alone is magnificent. Also this might just be me, but I think this is Bunuel's best shot film. Gorgeous to look at, strange and very intelligent. Loved it.
Perfectly irreverent. Much like Nazarin, Simon tries his best to be as Christ-like as possible without any results. It's Buñuel's way of saying those actions can only be considered obsolete. The ending is great for its nonsensical approach; you can't possibly expect it, but it's so absurd it fits. This is probably the funnest role I've seen Pinal in. Now off to watch her other comedies and musicals.
Short film from director Luis Bunuel is a sharp religious satire that makes some profound points with odd, compelling characters; powerful, memorable visuals; and great moments of surrealistic humor - though the ending is a bit unsatisfying.