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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:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Beautifully realised, with moments of surrealism that both amuse and bemuse See more (71 total) »

Cast

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Silvia Pinal ... Leticia 'La Valkiria'
Enrique Rambal ... Edmundo Nobile
Claudio Brook ... Julio, Mayordomo; Steward
José Baviera ... Leandro Gomez
Augusto Benedico ... Carlos Conde; Doctor
Antonio Bravo ... Sergio Russell
Jacqueline Andere ... Alicia de Roc
César del Campo ... Alvaro, Coronel; Colonel
Rosa Elena Durgel ... Silvia

Lucy Gallardo ... Lucía de Nobile
Enrique García Álvarez ... Alberto Roc
Ofelia Guilmáin ... Juana Avila
Nadia Haro Oliva ... Ana Maynar
Tito Junco ... Raúl
Xavier Loyá ... Francisco Avila
Xavier Massé ... Eduardo
Ofelia Montesco ... Beatriz
Luis Beristáin ... Cristián Ugalde
Patricia Morán ... Rita Ugalde
Patricia de Morelos ... Blanca
Bertha Moss ... Leonora
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric del Castillo
Janet Alcoriza ... (uncredited)
Daniel Arroyo ... Hombre anciano atrapado en iglesia (uncredited)
Victorio Blanco ... Transeúnte (uncredited)
Florencio Castelló ... (uncredited)
Arturo Cobo ... (uncredited)
Pancho Córdova ... (uncredited)
Enrique del Castillo ... (uncredited)
Ángel Di Stefani ... Espectador fuera de la casa (uncredited)
Juan Antonio Edwards ... Johnny, niño (uncredited)
Jesús Gómez ... Policia; Policeman (uncredited)
David Hayat ... (uncredited)
Elodia Hernández ... (uncredited)
Luis Lomelí ... (uncredited)
Chel López ... (uncredited)
Rita Macedo ... Lucía de Nobile (uncredited)
Ángel Merino ... Lucas (uncredited)
Roberto Meyer ... Loco; Fool (uncredited)
Rubén Márquez ... Hombre atrapado en iglesia (uncredited)
Fernando Yapur ... Policía (uncredited)
Guillermo Álvarez Bianchi ... (uncredited)

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.)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

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 Movie script was originally titled "The Castaways of Providence Street" ("Los Náufragos de la Calle Providencia).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:
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Anyád! A szúnyogok (2000)See more »
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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Beautifully realised, with moments of surrealism that both amuse and bemuse, 9 April 2012
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

'L'enfer c'est les autres' (Hell is other people), wrote the French existentialist philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre, in his play, 'No Exit' (sometimes referred to - and has been performed - as 'In Camera'), that surmised the narrative of three deceased individuals locked in a room, one that they eventually realise they will be spending eternity together in. Luis Bunuel used this simple meta-narrative concept of people trapped, to create one of his finest satires, and his first explicitly surrealist film since L'Age D'Or (1930). After Bunuel's previous film, Viridiana (1961), was condemned by the Vatican and banned in his native country of Spain (and where it was made), he moved back to Mexico where he had been making films throughout the 1940's and 50's, and produced a scabrous attack on General Francisco Franco's Spanish fascist dictatorship, and the institutions, and bourgeois facets of the country that were founded on the destruction of the poor and the proletariat, during the civil war that ended in 1939.

Whilst the film works as political allegory, on a base narrative level, it functions as an irrational comedy; or farce. The guests arrive for a lavish dinner, but as they arrive, the maids leave, and progressively all the hired help leave them. Once dinner is complete, the guests congregate in the living room, but they all begin to realise that they are unable to leave the room at all. When this is discovered we observe that they attempt to go, but are either distracted or simply stop or break down at the boundary of the room. This continues through days, possibly months - the characters concept of time completely obliterated. The group falls into decay, primitive urges overwhelm them, and as this representation of Western Civilisation breaks down, the group become brutally savage, turning on the host of the dinner, demanding sacrifice. The group slaughter the lambs that were originally to be used in a dinner prank.

At first the guests seem to simply ignore what is happening to them, and continue with inane chat. Exterior to the "party", the grounds are surrounded, but not even the police are able to enter, given the same mysterious barrier that prevents entry. It's almost a perfect parable, illustrating the ignorance of the Spanish bourgeoisie, as they strip the rights and dignity of the proletariat (here the maids leave on their arrival), whilst divorcing their minds from the violence and corruption of a dictatorship. But with this, it also shows how even the "civilised" sections of society, once they are stripped of their social status, their inherited manners of "education", and their ability to use wealth, the fall into absolute decay, probably falling apart greater than the lower classes, with their lessened moral outlook, and an almost infantile inability to deal with regular obstacles.

Winner of the 1962 Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival, this was to begin what become (rather belatedly for the 62 year old) his most productive, celebrated and interesting period of his career, based in Paris, beginning with Belle de Jour (1967) and ending with That Obscure Object of Desire (1977). This is the period that he developed and expanded his own style, and his unique vision on film. The Exterminating Angel has also given inspiration for others. It is a clear influence on Jean-Luc Godard's wonderfully bleak and satiric depiction of the bourgeoisie and the end of Western Civilisation, Week End (1967). The idea was also utilised in one sketch from Monty Python's Meaning of Life (1983), that saw the guests leaving as ghosts. This is by far, one of his greatest achievements, beautifully realised, with comic touches, and moments of surrealism that both bemuse and amuse.

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