I Want To Be There

Tulips in Highland Park, Rochester NY
Tulips in Highland Park, Rochester, NY

Who was that band in Luis Buñuel’s, “Simon of the Desert?” The devil takes Simon to a discotheque in the climax of this 1965 movie and the sax and guitar players drive the frenetic dancers to state next to madness! I want to be there.

Peggi and I were both half asleep the first time we watched this dreamy 45 minute masterpiece so we had to go around again last night. And then of course we did the extras with the exotic Silvia Pinal interview. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who has ever set foot in a Catholic school or church or anyone has ever even met or spoken to a Catholic or a former Catholic even. The Protestants have “Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple” to savor and there must be something out there for the Jews but if not this movie could address universal religion just as well.


4 Replies to “I Want To Be There”

  1. Now that you mention it, in Buñuel’s “Viridiana,” a 45 is played in a scene toward the end, and the refrain is “shimmy, dog, shake,” which leads me to believe that the song just might be entitled “Shimmy Dog Shake.” But I’ve never been able to find out who played it nor have I heard it anywhere else . . . .

  2. That Jonestown documentary is one of the creepiest things I’ve seen but you can’t stop watching it. Jim Jones is pure evil and truly scary. Darkness darkness

  3. I agree 100% – that was the most disurbing documentary I’ve ever seen. And the heaviest part was the audiotape of the actual event, where mothers were giving the poison to their own children.

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