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Simon of the Desert (1965)

Simon of the Desert (1965)
Movie Review I’m not even sure how to describe this surreal film by Spanish director Luis Buñuel other than as  Buñuelesque  Surrealism. Simon of the Desert was shot in black and white and was the last film in which Buñuel used Mexican actors or collaborated with the great Mexican cinematographer, Gabriel Figueroa. The protagonist is a Christian ascetic named Simon (Claudio Brook) who does penance and hopes to achieve worthiness in the eyes of God by spending his life atop a column in constant prayer and meditation subsisting wholly on lettuce and water. The character is modeled on Saint Simon...
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Network (1976)

Network (1976)
Movie Review   This past weekend, the enormously talented director, Sidney Lumet died. He leaves behind an impressive body of social commentary on celluloid. Perhaps his most prophetic work is Network, starring such colossal talent as Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, and Robert Duvall. To watch Network today, I find myself shaking my head in wonder and horror, thinking  “My God, Lumet was not only an artistic genius but a soothsayer!” He saw the future of television and its influence on popular culture and society. I wonder if Lumet and the rest of the players involved fully...
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