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Director:
Writer:
Luis Buñuel (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 August 1967 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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(62 articles)
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Disturbing Dark Dangerous Satire See more (68 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Luis Buñuel 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Luis Alcoriza  uncredited
José Bergamin  play (uncredited)
Luis Buñuel  screenplay and dialogue

Produced by
Gustavo Alatriste .... producer
 
Original Music by
Raúl Lavista 
 
Cinematography by
Gabriel Figueroa 
 
Film Editing by
Carlos Savage 
 
Production Design by
Jesús Bracho 
 
Costume Design by
Georgette Somohano 
 
Makeup Department
Esperanza Gómez .... hair stylist
Armando Meyer .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Antonio de Salazar .... production manager
Fidel Pizarro .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ignacio Villareal .... assistant director
Arturo Ripstein .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
José B. Carles .... sound
Abraham Cruz .... sound editor
James L. Fields .... sound
Galdino R. Samperio .... sound recording engineer
 
Special Effects by
Juan Muñoz Ravelo .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ángel Corona .... still photographer
Manuel González .... camera operator
Daniel López .... lighting chief
 
Editorial Department
Sigfrido García .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Pietro Domenico Paradisi .... composer: additional music
Domenico Scarlatti .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Pedro López .... script supervisor
Nicolás Rueda hijo .... title designer (as Nicolás Rueda Jr.)
 
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Also Known As:
"El ángel exterminador" - Mexico (original title)
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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Trivia:
The title was taken from a friend of Buñuel, José Bergamin, 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:
Boom mic visible: 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:
Rita Ugalde:I believe the common people, the lower class people, are less sensitive to pain. Haven't you ever seen a wounded bull? Not a trace of pain.
[Creo que la gente del pueblo, la gente baja, es menos sensible al dolor. ¿Usted ha visto un toro herido alguna vez? Impasible]
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Soundtrack:
Sonata No. 6See more »

FAQ

Why is this film called The Exterminating Angel?
What are the repetitions in the film, apart from the guests arriving twice?
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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Disturbing Dark Dangerous Satire, 28 December 2002
Author: mockturtle from New York

I am not going to go into much specifics except to say that this is one of the darkest and most disturbing films I have seen. I would certainly in that way rank it alongside David Lynch's "Eraserhead," Werner Herzog's "Even Dwarfs Started Small," Terry Gilliam's "Brazil," and more recently Paul Thomas Anderson's "Punch Drunk Love." Each of these films is funny in a way, some hilariously, all subversively. I also must say, not to the detriment of the film necessarily, that this is one of the most irritating films I've seen. Bunuel truly gets under the skin of what gets under our skin: inane quirks, selfish boors, groupthinkers. The most disturbing imagery in the film suggests christian parallels with many of the guests praying or vowing to do good works if released, a butler that studied with jesuits and a final service in a church, as well as several lambs (often representations, as in Blake, of Jesus). Possible also are references to Passover's "exterminating" angel of death, as a brick thrown through a window is at first attributed "some passing Jew." I will not presume to interpret these, and I probably could not do so convincingly if I tried, and, much like with Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive, I don't really want them interpreted for me. This is the wonder of Bunuel. "Cinema is anarchistic" is a probable misquote of him, but from the time of his last film no filmmakers except those above have been able to capture the feeling while watching a film that ANYTHING can happen, and very quickly, and how very frightening that is. The other reason I write is that the VHS of this film is ATROCIOUS. The best part is where one guest babbles on for about 10 seconds, none of which is shown in the subtitles AT ALL. Most of them are difficult to read as they are against a white background, the quality is true crap. "Diary of a Chambermaid" is a fine film but this is the one that truly needs to be seen as it was intended. >

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