Simon of the Desert [Criterion Collection]

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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 standing on a tall column in the middle of the desert. Typical of Buñuel's hatred of the Church, the Devil (Silvia Pinal) is a far more entertaining and articulate spokesperson for his point of view than Simon is for Christianity. An abrupt, ill-suited ending suggests that Buñuel either tired of the subject and wanted to move on to other things, or that he ran out of money and had to wrap before the process servers showed up. This Mexican film was originally titled Simon del Desierto. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Release Date
2/10/09 
Studio
Criterion
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
45 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • A Mexican Buñuel (1997),a 56 minute documentary by Emilio Maillé
  • New interview with actress Silvia Pinal
  • A Booklet featuring a new essay by critic Michael Wood and a 1970s interview with Luis Buñuel
Number of Discs
1

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