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

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



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21 August 1967 (USA)  »

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The Exterminating Angel  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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In his autobiography Luis Buñuel claims he was asked by Warner Brothers to work on a story that eventually was filmed as The Beast with Five Fingers (1946). "The Exterminating Angel" contains many of the elements of the earlier film including the large mansion, piano recital, and stabbing of a disembodied hand. See more »


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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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