The Exterminating Angel (El Angel Exterminador)

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(out of 5)


A group of high society members gather together for a dinner party full of witty conversation and extremely posh morality. The gathering finds itself at a standstill when the guests realize that a mysterious, magical force is preventing them from leaving the living room of the house that they are in. Trapped in the room for endless days, their baser natures and more animal instincts of survival are brought to the forefront while their aristocratic tendencies are put to rest. Bunuel’s message isn’t very hard to spot in this film, but it’s done with such zesty humour (witness the sheep running through the house) that its cracked but flagrant symbolism never feels insultingly obvious. It’s fantastic stuff, one of the master’s best.


Mexico, 1962

Directed by

Screenplay by Luis Bunuel

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cannes Film Festival 1962

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