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Sunday, 8 June 2014

Bunuel's Simon of the Desert



This morning I was reminded of  Luis Bunuel's controversial 1965 film.

Some extracted scenes and clips:

Turner Classic Movies clip 1

Turner Classic Movies clip 2

On YouTube:

Sample scene, 1 

Scene 2

Scene 3

Scene 4

DVD

"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. Yet the devil, in the figure of the beautiful Silvia Pinal, huddles below, trying to tempt him down. A skeptic’s vision of human conviction, Buñuel’s short and sweet satire is one of the master filmmaker’s most renowned works of surrealism".

IMDb:
"Simon, a deeply religious man living in the 4th century, wants to be nearer to God so he climbs a column. The Devil wants him come down to Earth and is trying to seduce him".

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