Luis Buñuel

Simon of the Desert

Simon of the Desert

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.

Film Info

  • Luis Buñuel
  • Mexico
  • 1965
  • 45 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Spanish
  • Spine #460

Special 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

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Special 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

Simon of the Desert
Cast
Claudio Brook
Simon
Enrique Alvarez Félix
Brother Matías
Francisco Reiquera
The devil as an old witch
Hortensia Santoveña
The mother
Luis Aceves Castañeda
Priest
Antonio Bravo
Priest
Enrique del Castillo
The mutilated one
Silvia Pinal
The devil
Credits
Director
Luis Buñuel
Screenplay
Julio Alejandro
Screenplay
Luis Buñuel
Producer
Gustavo Alatriste
Cinematography
Gabriel Figueroa
Production design
Jesús Bracho
Music
Raúl Lavista
Editing
Carlos Savage

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Luis Buñuel

Writer, Director

As made clear in his seminal works Viridiana and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie—delirious screeds against, respectively, religion and social conformity—Luis Buñuel was one of cinema’s great subversives and mischief makers. He began his career as a member of the French surrealists—his first films, Un chien andalou and L’âge d’or, absurd and violently sexual scandals that met with censorship, were collaborations with Salvador Dalí. After years of working alternately in his native Spain (where the scintillating, shaming faux documentary Land Without Bread and, later, Viridiana were both banned), the United States, and Mexico, Buñuel made most of his late films in France, combining surrealist non sequiturs with attacks on the bourgeoisie, the church, and social hypocrisy in general in such masterpieces as The Milky Way, The Phantom of Liberty, and That Obscure Object of Desire.