Simón del desierto (Simon of the Desert)
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Simón del desierto (Simon of the Desert)
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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