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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:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

An early working title of the film was "The Castaways of Providence Street". Luis Buñuel took the title "El ángel exterminador" from his friend José Bergamín, the Spanish poet, who had mentioned it the year before for a play he wanted to write. Buñuel told Bergamin, "If I saw 'The Exterminating Angel' on a marquee, I'd go see it on the spot." See more »

Goofs

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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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 »

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Soundtracks

Waltz in E minor
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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The best introduction to the anarchic, surrealistic, bourgeois-baiting world of Luis Bunuel.
7 December 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

If you want an introduction into the anarchic, surrealistic, bourgeois-baiting world of Luis Bunuel 'The Exterminating Angel' is the best place to start. The initial premise is simple, albeit puzzling - the guests at a dinner party mysteriously find themselves unable to leave their hosts house at the end of the evening. There's no logical reason why, they just can't. They are confused at first, but as the days go by and the food starts to run out, they become increasingly more desperate and turn on each other. Bunuel makes the most of the idea and creates a complex, multi-layered movie, packed with fascinating small details, intriguing dialogue and surprising situations, most of which is left up to the viewer to "explain". Bunuel is one of those directors, like David Lynch, Russ Meyer or Coffin Joe, that viewers either "get" or they don't. His vision is original and uncompromised and not for everyone. Me, I think he made some of the greatest movies of all time, especially his fertile 1960s period which included some of his very best work like 'Belle De Jour' and yes, 'The Exterminating Angel'.


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