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The Exterminating Angel (1962)

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

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Sergio Russell
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Juana Avila
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Xavier Loyá ...
Francisco Avila
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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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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Luis Buñuel expressed frustration in regards to the film's low budget and the lack of amenities available on set in Mexico. As an example of these hardships, Buñuel recalled that the film operated on such an austere budget that he could not even afford to purchase fine table napkins for the dinner party scenes, nor could such napkins be easily obtained in Mexico at the time. He was only able to procure one such cloth napkin for a close-up shot of the dinner table when the film's makeup artist brought one from her home. 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

Julio, Mayordomo; Steward: The help becomes more impertinent each day.
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Referenced in Incident at Loch Ness (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

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