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The Exterminating Angel (1962)
"El ángel exterminador" (original title)

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The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave.

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After a lavish dinner party, the guests find themselves mysteriously unable to leave the room... and over the next few days all the elaborate pretenses and facades that they've built up by virtue of their position in society collapse completely as they become reduced to living like animals... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Luis Bunuel's movie ranks at the top with Kafka
2 October 1999 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This surrealistic movie is a satire on the upper class. It was way too funny and a classic. A movie with repetition to emphasize the story line. This is about people brought together at a dinner party, invited because of they are all upper-class people who are well known among one another. Yet for some reason, they can't leave the mansion. An invisible barrier that holds them back. They all have some excuse not to leave. And after the food and water runs out, they spend however many of days (they don't fully explain) together, starving and putting up living with each other.

All the actors start getting fed up with each other. One lady gets disillusional. You start to realize, they have nothing in common. That the only thing they had in common was their wealth. But what happens when you are stuck in one place, and wealth really starts losing its worth? You then see how out of place they all are amongst each other. Afterall, in the very beginning, they were all bad mouthing each other. Bunuel mocks their phoniness.

Material things in the house, loses their meaning. They start peeing in expensive things, they don't seem to use toilets. A man is shaving for no reason just keeps on shaving without noticing it. A women keeps seeing a hand moving she gets psychotic.

Randomly, we see some sheep in a kitchen. This represents the whole "out of place" theme. That these people are the sheep. At the end of the movie, after all the mess at the house is taken care of, we see that disaster is about to happen again; and you have nothing else to think except for "sucks to be you."

This movie is hilarious and you sometimes get agitated with the characters. I highly recommend it. Especially for Luis Bunuel lovers who remarkably made movies in many other languages besides Spanish.

10/10


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