Simón del desierto (Simon of the Desert)
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mr. Bunuel's powerful, funny, startling but inconclusive commentary on man's frailties."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"One of Buñuel's richest and most complex films."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This is one of my favorite Bunuels, simply because it gets right to the point; he doesn't have time to beat around the bush."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Though flawed because of the cuts, what's there is Buñuel at his wittiest having a good laugh at the church's expense."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Surrealist Luis Buñuel firmly digs his elbows into the side of organized religion"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Buñuel's wit is piercingly sharp, his timing impeccable, and his visual style superbly unobtrusive and naturalistic -- proving again how much realism is required in surrealism."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Far from mocking his penitent protagonist, Buñuel values his tenacity of belief even while seeing his sacrifice as a useless monument"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"a perfect introduction for Buñuel neophytes to begin to find their way through the filmmaker's devious groove"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"Top-flight Bunuel"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"It's in the circus that surrounds Simon where we really see Bunuel's dark wit at play..."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Atheists make such good religious films (because) they tend to think about God all the time."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Luis Bunuel's Simon of the Desert is a short, but highly satisfying, surrealist parable about religious faith and morality, self-righteous intolerance, temptation, and corruption."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Simon of the Desert's little Bible stories are twisted evocations of the dumbing down of faith by postmodern Christian anxieties and hang-ups."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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