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4.1
1,566 Ratings

Simon of the Desert

Simón del desierto

Directed by Luis Buñuel
Mexico, 1965
Comedy, Drama, Short

Synopsis

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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Simon of the Desert Directed by Luis Buñuel

Critics reviews

These “spiritual shenanigans” are an unquestionably hilarious critique on religion in society, perhaps even the sole inspiration for Life of Brian, among other iconoclastic films. Despite the nixed budget and shortened running time (less than an hour), the lettuce-eating antics and merciless absurdity that lead up to the unsuspected deus-ex-machina ending only make the film seem more freakish.
August 13, 2014
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