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Criterion Collection to Release Two of Luis Buñuel's Mexican Films! [Jan. 7th, 2009|09:48 pm]
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Both will be released on February 10, 2009.

Simon of the Desert

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.

The Exterminating Angel

A group of bourgeois cosmopolitans are invited to a mansion for dinner and inexplicably find themselves unable to leave, in Luis Buñuel's daring masterpiece The Exterminating Angel. Made just one year after his international sensation Viridiana, this is a furthering of Buñuel's wicked takedown of the rituals and dependencies of the frivolous upper classes, full of eerie and hilarious absurdity.

This is the first time that either of this films have been officially released on DVD in the United States and I am dying to watch both of them.

[User Picture]From: jonchiz67
2009-01-08 07:04 am (UTC)
Both sound very interesting. I'll put them in my Netflix queue.
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[User Picture]From: orpheus78
2009-01-08 08:16 am (UTC)

I am really hoping that Criterion gets the right's to Luis Bunuel's Los Olvidados which I have seen and love.
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[User Picture]From: harmais
2009-01-08 04:52 pm (UTC)
I wonder if Criterion Collection has or will release one of the Best Buñuel Movies: EL. I really love this movie with all its psychological drama implications. That would be wonderful.
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[User Picture]From: orpheus78
2009-01-08 10:54 pm (UTC)
I have watched EL and I agree that it's a very well done film. I also enjoy Ensayo De Un Crimen.

Criterion hasn't released EL, but hopefully these two releases are a sign that more releases of Bunuel's work are on the way.
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