in about 100 words or less
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
The 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).