SIMON OF THE DESERT
[SIMÓN DEL DESIERTO]
The 5th-century saint Simeon Stylites reputedly lived for 37 years perched atop a pillar in the Syrian desert in order to be rid of earthly distractions and closer to God. In Luis Buñuel's wicked retelling, Simón (Claudio Brook) has been on his perch for six years, six months and six days, his prayerful contemplation regularly interrupted by his local followers and pilgrims seeking his blessing. But on this fateful day a new visitor arrives: the Devil, in voluptuous female form (Silvia Pinal), hell-bent on distracting Simon from his ascetic ways. "A string of blasphemous comedy routines occasionally anticipating those of Monty Python." – Harvard Film Archive. DIR/SCR Luis Buñuel; SCR Julio Alejandro; PROD Gustavo Alatriste. Mexico, 1965, b&w, 43 min, 35mm. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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