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The Exterminating Angel (1962)

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

Director:

Luis Buñuel

Writers:

Luis Buñuel (screenplay by), Luis Alcoriza (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Silvia Pinal ... Leticia 'La Valkiria'
Jacqueline Andere ... Alicia de Roc
José Baviera ... Leandro Gomez (as Jose Baviera)
Augusto Benedico ... Carlos Conde
Luis Beristáin ... Cristián Ugalde (as Luis Beristain)
Antonio Bravo Antonio Bravo ... Sergio Russell
Claudio Brook ... Julio
César del Campo ... Alvaro (as Cesar Del Campo)
Rosa Elena Durgel ... Silvia
Lucy Gallardo ... Lucía de Nobile
Enrique García Álvarez ... Alberto Roc (as Enrique Garcia Alvarez)
Ofelia Guilmáin ... Juana Avila (as Ofelia Guilmain)
Nadia Haro Oliva ... Ana Maynar
Tito Junco ... Raúl
Xavier Loyá ... Francisco Avila (as Xavier Loya)
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Storyline

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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Luis Bunuel's controversial and award-winning film See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

21 August 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Exterminating Angel See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,843
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

An opera based on this film, with music by Thomas Adès and a libretto by Tom Cairns, premiered at the 2016 Salzburg Festival in Austria. It opened in London at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in April 2017, and was subsequently produced in October 2017 at New York's Metropolitan Opera. The production made Metropolitan Opera history by requiring one of its stars, soprano Audrey Luna, to sing the highest note ever performed at the Met: an A above high C. See more »

Goofs

After one of the women exits an adjoining room, she seemingly details a surrealist toilet experience to the other women, upon which they detail theirs. If the adjoining room is truly a bathroom (which would make sense since there is no indication in the film of any hygiene problems related to urination or defecation), it should have been explained why the characters could not simply drink the water from the wash basin there and instead had to resort to breaking a pipe. 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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Alternate Versions

In the uncut print (featured on the Criterion DVD) the guests enter the mansion and go upstairs twice. Some versions omit the surrealistic second arrival. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Weekend (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata No. 6
(uncredited)
Music by Pietro Domenico Paradisi
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Is this a tale for 2006?
16 June 2006 | by perilloj1512See 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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