The Exterminating Angel

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Released 1962

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Director:
Luis Bunuel
Released:
1962
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The Exterminating Angel (El angel exterminador) is a 1962 film directed by Luis Bunuel (That Obscure Object of Desire, Diary of a Chambermaid, Un Chien Andalou), a paramount Spanish filmmaker from the 20th century whose forte was surrealist expression. The film was primarily made as a criticism against bourgeois society, which was viewed by Bunuel as incompetent and superficial. The guests of an elaborate dinner party reconvene in a small dessert room for drinks and festivities. However, panic spreads quickly when they realize they are locked in the room and unable to escape. Where are the servants who dined on them earlier? Social formalities are thrown out the window as each guest becomes more crazed with the possibility of never getting out. Some turn to witchcraft, others turn to drugs, and some even turn to murder. This is arguably one of Bunuel's best films. And with stellar performances by Silvia Pinal and Enrique Rambal, what is not to love? This is a must see if you enjoy surrealistic psychological thrillers.moreless

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Dramedy, Foreign Language, Classics, 60s