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The Exterminating Angel (1962)

El ángel exterminador (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 21 August 1967 (USA)
The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave.

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Claudio Brook ...
José Baviera ...
Augusto Benedico ...
Antonio Bravo ...
Jacqueline Andere ...
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Ofelia Guilmáin ...
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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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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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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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Trivia

Luis Buñuel has publicly stated that he considers the film a failure and that if he shot it later in Paris, he would have gone more extreme with it (cannibalism). 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

Julio, Mayordomo; Steward: The help becomes more impertinent each day.
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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Le contrôle de l'univers (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz in E minor
(uncredited)
by Frederich Chopin
[Played on piano]
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Is this a tale for 2006?
16 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film for the first time on TCM this week. It was really thought provoking. What fascinated me was that there were people in the room who had all sorts of skills to figure out the problem and become free, but did not. Another intriguing aspect was that nothing: marriage, love, death, children, jobs, or intelligence and logic was enough to solve the problem. The solution comes in a very interesting way and the least likely person. I hope you will watch and check it out. There was also a strong parallel between the catholic church and the people trapped in the room. I wondered if they were illustrating the socialist belief that 'religion is the opiate of the people.' The sheep were not eaten by the bear and all of these symbols were politically interesting. I have never written a review before and I hope I have not included any spoiler but this is a movie I would love to discuss over coffee: it is intelligent, mesmerizing, and a lesson for our time.


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