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The Exterminating Angel (Criterion) (1962)

Cast: Silvia Pinal, Silvia Pinal, Jacqueline Andere, more...
Director: Luis Bu˝uel, Luis Bu˝uel
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Suspense/Thriller, Spain, Criterion Collection, France, Erotica
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English

The great screen surrealist Luis Bu˝uel co-wrote and directed this dark, bitterly witty satire. A group of people in formal dress arrives at an elegantly appointed home for a dinner party. However, once dinner is over and the guests retire to the drawing room, they discover that the servants have gone away, and for some reason they cannot leave. There is no explanation why -- there are no locked doors or barred windows preventing them from going home -- but the guests are convinced that they're stranded. Left to their own devices, they slowly but gradually degenerate into genteel savagery, taking an axe to a water pipe for drinking water, killing and eating a sheep that was to be part of the post-dinner entertainment, hiding the bodies of dead guests in the closet, dabbling in witchcraft, and burning the furniture. Bu˝uel's dry, quixotic wit is abundantly displayed in this film. Leading the cast was Silvia Pinal, the renowned actress who starred in several of Bu˝uel's Mexican films (she was married to noted producer Gustavo Alatriste, who produced several films with Bu˝uel). Other than the short subject Simon of the Desert, El Angel Exterminador proved to be Bu˝uel's last film made in his adopted homeland. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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The Exterminating Angel (Criterion) (1962)
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8.10 (21 votes)
The Exterminating Angel (Criterion) (Bonus Disc) (1962)
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5.50 (2 votes)

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