Exterminating angel

Exterminating angel

DVD - 2009 | Spanish
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After a lavish dinner party in a stately mansion, the guests believe themselves unable to leave the premises. As the days pass, the elaborate facades of their social positions collapse and they are forced to live like animals. Finally discovering they are actually free to leave, they go to church to give thanks, where they are again trapped.

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RoyalJellyIII
Mar 31, 2021

The Exterminating Angel, what a movie- I've seen it twice now and each time it went against (in the best possible way) my better logic. It's a work that's the product of a kind of madman place, and it stays impressive forty plus years later due to its humor. Like Dr. Strangelove, or maybe more so akin to a Kafka work submerged in Catholic plague, the film subverts expectations. At the start of the film, Luis Bunuel makes it clear as day that his only explanation is that its nonsense. If one were wanting to dig on a pure comedy level it would work because the dialog is so strange and out of place (if taken seriously) but consistently so, and the timing of the sort of downward spiral that plunges into the denouement (if there is one). If one were wanting to look at it for more of the technical reasons, its peerless- Bunuel has a steady, carefully controlled camera, quite traditional at times. But then at others he reveals his revealing, awesome flashes of symbolism, which may or may not fly over some viewers heads.
A great surrealist movie by one of the masters of cinema.

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akirakato
Mar 29, 2021

What a silly movie! It has something to do with mass hysteria.
Otherwise, I could make no sense out of it at all.

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WittyPenguin
Mar 17, 2021

A fascinating film by Luis Buñuel which I am clearly going to enjoy researching the meanings layered within.

Something I’ve seen recently suggested watching this: there’s a cinema with the marquee promoting this film somewhere in “The Falcon and the Snowman.” I checked out the plot line and, after saying “what the hell‽” at least twice, I placed a hold on a copy at @VPL.

It lived up to its promise.

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1aa
May 25, 2015

A really good film that is very awkward to pin down; much symbolism is used; it would be a good movie to remake.

Vincent T Lombardo Feb 23, 2015

A good but very unusual movie. Bunuel is an acquired taste, but I like his films. What is he trying to say here, if anything? People are no better than sheep? His movies always make me think.

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Nursebob
Jan 22, 2015

Once again Luis Buñuel takes aim at the pettiness of the upper class and scores a bullseye. By combining fierce wit with a parade of increasingly absurd plot twists he delivers a cruel satire that has you laughing even as you cringe. The mundane qualities of his subjects are brought out in some very clever ways with individual lines (and one entire scene) being repeated and an acid-tongued script laced with disparaging remarks about class and patriotism. Furthermore, aside from their all-consuming lethargy, there exists a spiritual paralysis with some guests taking cold comfort in meaningless ritual; as one woman offers up a showy prayer to the Virgin, another practices voodoo with the chicken feet and feathers stashed in her purse and a couple of well-dressed dandies eagerly exchange secret Masonic handshakes. Ever the atheist, Buñuel adorns the salon walls with faded religious icons, including one prominent painting of St. Michael battling the dragon which graces the makeshift latrine’s outer door. But his final jab at both church and aristocracy is saved for a deliciously irreverent ending involving raucous bells and a few persistent sheep. Wonderfully layered and impossible to pigeonhole.

rufus_red4 Jul 30, 2014

This film from 1962 was revolutionary at the time. The story concerns rich and privileged guests who attend a dinner at a private home of one of the group, after the opera only to discover that they cant leave. It's rather psychologically tortuous watching a group of people who are trapped inside a room for days on end with no food, water or bathroom. I suppose it's a statement on the 1%er's, watching as they turn on one another, almost rot and for some, die. The problem is, the movie is elusive as to why they're stuck and the film maker, Luis Bunuel, doesn't always play by his own rules. This is for film buffs.

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ms_mustard
May 29, 2014

evidently no one, including the director and the actors, knows why a group of wealthy people are unable to leave a room after a party. there appears to be no exterminating angel, although perhaps that is the unseen force that is keeping them captive. interesting.

Green_Bird_203 Jan 29, 2013

Disc 2 includes The Last Script: Remembering Luis Bunuel, a 2008 documentary featuring director Juan Luis Bunuel (eldest son) , screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere and others involved in the life of Bunuel.

Excellent documentary, never boring. I bet you rediscover Bunuel.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jun 21, 2012

This 1962, B/W film by Luis Bunuel which can be viewed as a comedy is enjoyable to watch. It dwells on human behaviour when a group of high-society folks, mainly couples, were confined to one room in a mansion and began to interact, closely, with one another. It is like 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf', but on a grander scale.

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