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El ángel exterminador (1962)

Mexico 92m, B&W
Director: Luis Buñuel; Cast: Silvia Pinal, Enrique García Álvarez, Jacqueline Andere, César del Campo, Nadia Haro Oliva, Ofelia Montesco, Patricia de Morelos, Augusto Benedico

exterminating-angelThe Exterminating Angel is a surreal comedic satire about dinner party guests who find themselves trapped in the music room of their host’s mansion estate. Despite wishing to leave, and with no physical barrier to stop them, everyone feels an unexplained compulsion to remain. As the hours turn into days, and then into weeks, those outside also refrain from entering, save a few sheep, which are slaughtered and eaten by the starving guests. An oblique commentary on class struggle following the Spanish Civil War, El ángel exterminador suggests that the ruling class in Franco’s Spain had become trapped in an increasingly isolated and angry world of their own making (Klaus Ming November 2016).

4 comments on “El ángel exterminador (1962)

  1. nicolaskrizan
    12/02/2016

    I like Buñuel, but he is too uneven too often.

    • Klaus
      12/05/2016

      I really liked this one a lot. Absurd, but with a strong political message.

  2. Hoosier X
    12/23/2018

    I used to say that my favorite Mexican movie was La maladiccion de la llorona (The Curse of the Crying Woman). But then I found out The Exterminating Angel was a Mexican film. I saw it at a revival house (with Viridiana) decades ago and I thought it was a Spanish film. It’s stayed with me. I’m not sure it’s my favorite Bunuel film because he made so many great ones! (The Golden Age, The Phantom of Liberty, and I’ve sat through Tierra sin pan too many times not to include it.)

    But The Exterminating Angel is impressive and awesome! Like a really long episode of the Twilight Zone.

    • Klaus
      12/23/2018

      “Like a really long episode of the Twilight Zone” – exactly!

      Regarding The Curse of the Crying Woman – i’ve not seen it, looks worth tracking down – thanks!

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