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El ángel exterminador
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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:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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User Reviews:
still one of the top comedies about utter frustration See more (69 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)
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.)
 
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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Out of all the films in Luis Buñuel's Mexican/Spanish film period, this is the only film he had complete creative control over.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Anything Else (2003)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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41 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
still one of the top comedies about utter frustration, 20 August 2005
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

The Exterminating Angel, what a movie- I've seen it twice now and each time it went against (in the best possible way) my better logic. It's a work that's the product of a kind of madman place, and it stays impressive forty plus years later due to its humor. Like Dr. Strangelove, or maybe more so akin to a Kafka work submerged in Catholic plague, the film subverts expectations. At the start of the film, Luis Bunuel makes it clear as day that his only explanation is that its nonsense. If one were wanting to dig on a pure comedy level it would work because the dialog is so strange and out of place (if taken seriously) but consistently so, and the timing of the sort of downward spiral that plunges into the denouement (if there is one). If one were wanting to look at it for more of the technical reasons, its peerless- Bunuel has a steady, carefully controlled camera, quite tradition at times. But then at others he reveals his revealing, awesome flashes of symbolism, which may or may not fly over some viewers heads.

And then, if one were to go so far, on an existential level it goes into the realm of nothingness, a kind of study of how a nonsensical existence, trapped for reasons not made clear to the viewer (barely to the rich cast of bourgeois, a running gag almost), which also calls in the Kafka aspect. By the hand of a surrealist comes a deadpan satire, and it almost becomes a dark fable (the Catholic aspect to the film) by the end. It's a rather shocking film on the first try, which is why it probably had some controversy when it first opened. Giving it another chance, the film works better, on a more sensory level almost. This is the kind of film where you're either scratching your head and turning it off midway through, or laughing (while in the grips of cringing perhaps) and in a weird awe. One of Bunuel's very best Mexican films.

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