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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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Taglines:

Everyone had something to hide--lust, greed, perversion, vice, violence--but no one could escape the Exterminating Angel. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,843
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Luis Buñuel has publicly stated that he considers the film a failure and that if he shot it later in Paris, he would have gone more extreme with it (cannibalism). 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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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

References The Beast with Five Fingers (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz in E minor
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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The Human Condition
12 September 2006 | by LeandraZZZSee all my reviews

I just saw this for the first time yesterday. Although the movie was made in 1962, it was a very grainy print, and I am assuming that this was deliberate - it looked as though we were looking at something from the 1920s. I liked this; it was all part of it. This was an amazing movie - and amazingly prescient - a metaphor for the human condition (not just the upper classes), our life on this planet, and how fragile it all is (the slightest pressure on resources, the slightest dislocation, and the whole edifice crumbles). The room they did not want to leave is this planet earth and our life on it. The guests are a metaphor for all of us, and we are very, very attached to life. When we are having a wonderful time, for sure we don't want to leave life and the planet - and even when we have made the most terrible mess of it (because we don't want to leave) and the whole thing has degenerated into fighting, bickering,destruction, hunger, thirst - we STILL don't want to leave. In the movie, as in the cycle of life, it is not until there is a reprieve when everything suddenly clicks back into how it was (reincarnation?)that they are able to leave. They go back to the Church - but that is no answer either, because the whole same thing happens over again. At the end, the sheep all go to the church - "lambs to the slaughter" (and English phrase - I am English).

It is an interesting parable for today's world: the rich (First World countries?) take for granted food and water -- until they experience the loss of it firsthand themselves (the Third World?), and then all the social castes and 'mores' which they (we) have built up, crumble - they fight each other, they hallucinate, they hunger, they thirst. Later, even once they are free of the room, we see fighting in the streets of the city, with troops firing on the civilian population. The movie was made in 1962: does any of this sound familiar in today's world of 2006 ?


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