The Exterminating Angel

"Extraordinary"

The Exterminating Angel Review


One of Buñuel's most accessible films, The Exterminating Angel tells a surreal tale that sneaks up on you: A dinner party for some crusty types (the kind who often appear in Buñuel films) is thrown, with only some minor hitches. But afterwards, no one leaves. Turns out they can't. Some unexplained force is keeping them from being able to muster the will to go. It's not like a forcefield that they bang on to get out. They just can't go through the threshold to the other room. Days go by. The situation gets so desperate that several people die, a hole is cut in the wall for water, and the devil is summoned. The police stand watch outside, similarly unable to enter. Guessing what will happen next is only half the fun. Guessing why this all began is the other half. Of course, in typical fashion, Buñuel offers no explanation, but the way your head spins around this simple premise makes each scene more fun than the last.

Aka El Ángel exterminador.



Facts and Figures

Run time: 95 mins

In Theaters: Monday 21st August 1967

Distributed by: Altura Films International

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Fresh: 19 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 8.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Luis Buñuel

Producer: Gustavo Alatriste

Starring: Silvia Pinal as Leticia 'La Valkiria', Enrique Rambal as Edmundo Nobile, as Julio, Mayordomo; Steward, José Baviera as Leandro Gomez, Augusto Benedico as Carlos Conde; Doctor, Antonio Bravo as Sergio Russell, Jacqueline Andere as Alicia de Roc, César del Campo as Alvaro, Coronel; Colonel, Rosa Elena Durgel as Silvia, Lucy Gallardo as Lucía de Nobile

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