Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Buñuel Rock Band

Simon of the Desert (1965)
directed by Luis Buñuel
rating: 4 out of 5 cravats
on DVD from Netflix

After Simón pulls a pipe in a New York nightclub, time runs out on any actor or extra flashing a funnier mug. The game, then, is to pick your favorite incarnation of Silvia Pinal’s bored, patient devil. For my money, nothing beats a bearded Jesus made up in Grecian locks, maybe because Pinal was really asked to punt a lamb (like soccer, it’s all in where one puts one’s foot), or maybe because she looks a lot like Cameron Stewart’s She-Beard. I like to think that Seaguy and Grant Morrison are big Buñuel fans, but who knows. Although, at 45 minutes for all of Simon, what acolyte doesn’t have the time to become a believer?