The Exterminating Angel (1962)

LUIS BUNUEL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

Original title:  El Angel Exterminador

Mexico, 1962.  Screenplay by Luis Bunuel.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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.

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

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