Simón del desierto (Simon of the Desert)
Simón del desierto (Simon of the Desert) (1965)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1965
DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Mr. Bunuel's powerful, funny, startling but inconclusive commentary on man's frailties.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of Buñuel's richest and most complex films.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Far from mocking his penitent protagonist, Buñuel values his tenacity of belief even while seeing his sacrifice as a useless monument

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Chris Cabin

a perfect introduction for Buñuel neophytes to begin to find their way through the filmmaker's devious groove

Josh Larsen

It's in the circus that surrounds Simon where we really see Bunuel's dark wit at play...

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Atheists make such good religious films (because) they tend to think about God all the time.

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TV Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
Just not a huge fan of surreal stuff
Daniel Dolgin
Rating: 4 stars Arthouse Rating: 3.5 stars If church isn't enough to convince you of the high absurdity of religious fanaticism, then watch Simon of the… More
Stella Dallas
delirious tale of a mystic who lives on a pillar in the desert and is repeatedly tempted by satan. only about 45 mins long and yes it is very funny in a… More
Panta Oz
Luis Buñuel is a real creator, not a follower! That is why I love his work so much... and this is another fine example how he creates. He actually wrote the… More