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Simon of the Desert

Luis Buñuel

 
Simon of the Desert (Criterion DVD)

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  • Mexico
  • 1965
  • 45 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Spanish
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  • Spine #460

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.

Cast

SimonClaudio Brook
Brother Matías Enrique Alvarez Félix
The devil as an old witch Francisco Reiquera
The motherHortensia Santoveña
PriestLuis Aceves Castañeda
PriestAntonio Bravo
The mutilated one Enrique del Castillo
The devilSilvia Pinal

Credits

DirectorLuis Buñuel
ScreenplayJulio Alejandro and Luis Buñuel
ProducerGustavo Alatriste
CinematographyGabriel Figueroa
Production designJesús Bracho
MusicRaúl Lavista
EditingCarlos Savage

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • A Mexican Buñuel (1995), 50-minute documentary by Emilio Maillé
  • New interview with actress Silvia Pinal
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Michael Wood and a reprinted interview with Buñuel

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Film Essays

Simon of the Desert: Damned If You Do . . .

By Michael WoodFebruary 03, 2009

A good friend of Luis Buñuel’s suggested in conversation that the director was likely to be . . . Read more »

Press Notes

PRESS NOTES: WILD AND WOOLLY

February 16, 2009

Whether trapped in a mansion or on a pillar, their characters aren’t going anywhere, and lambs . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Simon of the Desert: Damned If You Do . . .

By Michael WoodFebruary 03, 2009

A good friend of Luis Buñuel’s suggested in conversation that the director was likely to be . . . Read more »