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The Exterminating Angel (1962)

El Ángel Exterminador (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 21 August 1967 (USA)
The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave.

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Cast

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Enrique Rambal ...
Claudio Brook ...
José Baviera ...
Augusto Benedico ...
Antonio Bravo ...
Jacqueline Andere ...
César del Campo ...
Rosa Elena Durgel ...
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Enrique García Álvarez ...
Ofelia Guilmáin ...
Nadia Haro Oliva ...
Tito Junco ...
Xavier Loyá ...
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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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The degeneration of high society!

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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21 August 1967 (USA)  »

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The Exterminating Angel  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The title was taken from a friend of Luis Buñuel, José Bergamín, who was writing a play with that title but never finished it. When Buñuel wanted to title his film, he asked for the rights of the title from his friend, but he answered that there was no trouble, because it was taken from the Bible, the Book of Revelation. See more »

Goofs

After the butler trips in the dining room, the lady of the house follows him into the kitchen. While they speak the boom mic can clearly be seen at the bottom of the screen, extending out from under a table. See more »

Quotes

Carlos Conde; Doctor: [Seeing a box of drugs] You kept that here?
Edmundo Nobile: Every now and then we used to meet in this room - just friends - passing unforgetable hours together.
Carlos Conde; Doctor: Why didn't you show it to me?
Edmundo Nobile: I was frightened that the world would find out about it.
Carlos Conde; Doctor: What was used for pleasure can now be used to relieve pain.
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Connections

Referenced in The Dirties (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata No. 6
(uncredited)
Music by Pietro Domenico Paradisi
Played on piano
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A Masterpiece
1 May 2007 | by (Thessaloniki, Greece) – See all my reviews

This film, constitutes the absolute surrealist masterpiece of all seasons. With unique virtuosity, Bunuel shows how easily a person makes his bonds and limits his freedom. Who are however these persons? They are those that made fortune without have worked never in their life or those, that with illegal ways acquired power and money. Naturally the one that puts unreal bonds in all the persons, with a view to check and dominate them, is the Church. The director accuse the high society and the Church and puts them to live as simple persons and they make things that they would never make. In this masterpiece Bunuel points out also the corruptness that exists in the society, which emanates from the Church and has expanded everywhere. It is not simply a film, it is a sociological approach of corrupted modern person.


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