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Screening  |  Buñuel in Mexico: A Mexican Buñuel & Simon of the Desert (Simón del desierto)

riverrun Global Film Series: Mexican Cinema and Culture Bending Borders

Friday, October 12, 2018, 2–4 pm

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium  

A Mexican Buñuel, Emilio Maillé, 1995 (55 mins). Courtesy of Emilio Maillé.

A Mexican Buñuel covers the director’s career in Mexico, starting with Gran Casino all the way through Simon of the Desert. This documentary, full of rare footage and illuminating information, provides an intimate view into the world of the surrealist paragon while he lived and worked in Mexico.

Simon of the Desert (Simón del desierto), Luis Buñuel, 1965 (45 mins)

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.


Elizabeth Scarlett, Romance Languages and Literatures, UB 

The riverrun Global Film Series aspires to create a dialogue between local community and institutions of higher education in Buffalo through a selection of films that provide a better understanding of our present existence in the globalized networked world. The riverrun Global Film Series is produced by riverrun, Patrick Martin President; with support from the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the UB Department of English, the UB Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and James Agee Chair in American Culture, SUNY Distinguished Professor Bruce Jackson.

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