Luis Bunuel's Simon of the Desert

Luis Bunuel's Simon of the Desert is interesting, in that the whole thing could have been staged in a theater instead of being on film...only there's the presence of Bunuel's camera, looking up at Simon on the pedestal, circling him, homing in on him, peering at him from different angles. Can't help but wonder if Bunuel meant the camera's point of view to stand in for God's, the way it keeps going round and round Simon, as if looking for a crack in his armor.

No comments: