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El Ángel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel)

El Ángel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel) (1967)


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The great screen surrealist Luis Buñuel 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

Feb 10, 2009

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My feeling is that his canvas is too narrow and his social comment too plain to keep our interest fixed upon his people and their barren stewing for an hour and a half.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A macabre comedy, a mordant view of human nature that suggests we harbor savage instincts and unspeakable secrets.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The comedy is as black as an 8 Ball.

July 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemania

A wickedly designed, satirical and quite possibly dangerous work.

September 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Absurdity is relative; it requires a reality (or something less absurd) to be contrasted with.

July 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Bunuel's ultimate cosmic joke against meaning itself

March 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

One of the master director's most concentrated and unambiguous works.

April 11, 2008 Full Review
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Trained bears, sheep, and Bunuel's typical contempt for the church all mix to create a classic of cinema.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

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.

June 29, 2006 Full Review Source:

Though less popular than other works, this is one of Bunuel's most philosophically profound and eccentric films, bearing undeniably disturbing effects on the viewers.

July 6, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

A blistering attack on social classes and conventions, The Exterminating Angel may be the best in a long line of Buñuel masterpieces.

March 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Buñuel faz uma contundente crítica à burguesia através da sátira e do absurdo.

November 19, 2003
Cinema em Cena

A deliciously sardonic black comedy in the best surrealistic tradition of auteur Luis Buñuel.

October 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If not necessarily Buñuel's greatest film, this unclassifiable creation must count as one of the most twisted stunts ever mounted for the screen.

September 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

One of Luis Bunuel's masterworks, The Exterminating Angel is a brilliant surrealist allegory about a group of socialites who, inexplicably find themselves unable to leave their host's house, and gradually degenerate into violence and depravity.

July 30, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

I watched it and I don't know what it means either, but it's a hell of a movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for El Ángel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel)

This movie criticizes the strangeness of etiquette with a hyperbolic tale of social rules gone wrong. No one can convince themselves to leave, apparently because no one else has left. Its not as though these rules of propriety have turned us into sheep, its that we were sheep to begin with, and these individuals with their nuanced rules are self-blinded of the suffering society around them. As time passes, or is made entirely meaningless, civility is eroded and these people are revealed to be the horny, hungry, irritable and fearful animals found in the rest of the animal kingdom and social classes. It took someone with a bit of free spirit who very early in the movie, before the whole trapped issue, lashes out by breaking a window for no explicit reason. She locks herself in a closet. People are murmuring to each other how she's still a virgin. They try so hard to turn everyone else into sheep just like them. They are fortunate that they failed.
June 25, 2011
Matthew Slaven

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A weird satirical piece of work that's thoroughly watchable & fairly enjoyable. Surrealistic movies are generally not my cup of tea, but thankfully, there's more to it here than merely surrealism.
July 9, 2010

Super Reviewer

I have to say that this is probably not eveyones "cup of tea"...but I really enjoyed it.
Sure the basic premise has been done before to varying degrees...but you haven't seen this particular "morality tale" until you've seen it told as only Luis Bunuel can tell it.
It is one of those films that, the more you think about it...the more you "see".
There is so much going on and so much "symbolism" both subtle and blatant that I think you really need to watch it more then once to really "get it".
And even then...I think there is much that Bunuel left to "your interpretation". Which I love.
May 20, 2009
Robert C

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surrealist screwball comedy/horror. probably only buñuel could pull this off. it's complete nonsense but functions perfectly according to it's own absurd logic.
March 11, 2009
Stella Dallas

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