Simon of the Desert

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Simon of the Desert ★★★ ½ Simon del Desierto 1966

Not Bunuel's very best, but worthy of the master satirist. An ascetic stands on a pillar in the desert for several decades—closer to God, farther from temptation. Pinal is a gorgeous devil that tempts Simon. Hilarious, irreverent, sophisticated. What's with the weird ending, though? In Spanish with English subtitles. 46m/B VHS . Claudio Brook, Silvia Pinal, Enrique Alvarez Felix; D: Luis Bunuel; W: Luis Bunuel; C: Gabriel Figueroa; M: Raul Lavista.