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Luis Buñuel (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 August 1967 (USA) See more »
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The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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An explanation? There is none. 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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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:
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:
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:
Julio, Mayordomo; Steward:The help becomes more impertinent each day.See more »
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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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60 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
An explanation? There is none., 23 October 2003
Author: dbdumonteil

That was what Luis Bunuel used to answer when asked about the meaning of one of his least accessible works.Much less linear than "Viridiana" -featuring the same actress Silvia Pinal-which precedes it,"El Angel exterminador" can be looked upon as an allegory.We find a lot of permanent features of the Bunuel canon in it though.

The fact that the guests cannot leave the luxury house will find an equivalent in "le charme discret de la bourgeoisie"(1972) when the five characters cannot have a good meal at the restaurant;the guests turning like lions in a cage echo to this strange picture of the five heroes of "charme discret" walking on an endless road.

This is the kind of movie that will have as many interpretations as there are users writing about it.And Bunuel would probably be the first to say that anyone is allowed to see his movie as he feels it in his soul -which is a word he would not certainly approve of though.

Another put-down of the bourgeoisie ,probably;As Charlie Chaplin would not have let an ice-cream fall on a poor woman's dress,Bunuel's wholesale massacre concerns the rich,the well-to-do.The house may be a metaphor for their world which they want to keep exactly as it is.But Bunuel soon scratches the varnish and after long hours,his powerful bourgeois are just men and rather hateful selfish cowards -the scene when they rush to get a glass of water.And as they cannot rely on themselves and on their pals,the only assistance can only come from above:so they promise God they will chant Te Deums, they will go to Lourdes and buy a washable rubber Virgin (sic).Surrealist pictures,which had been absent since "cela s'appelle l'aurore" (1955) come back for a while during one night,and they mainly deal with religion and heaven.The mystery of the night hours will come back in "le fantôme de la liberté" (1974)

The last pictures bring the missing link :the army ,shooting people (talking about a revolution?) ,as the bourgeois keep on singing(?) and praying(?)in the cathedral.

Recommended?Everything Bunuel did is crying to be watched.

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