El 聲gel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel) (1967)

El 聲gel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel) (1967)

El 聲gel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel)




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In this jet black and surreal comedy, a formal dinner party starts out normally enough. After the sophisticated guests retire to the host's exquisite music room, they find that they cannot leave. Hours pass and then days, and as the time plods by, disturbing changes in the formerly-genteel guests occur.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jose Bergamin, Luis Alcoriza, Luis Bu雝el
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On DVD: Feb 10, 2009
Altura Films International

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Critic Reviews for El 聲gel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel)

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | October 23, 2008
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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The comedy is as black as an 8 Ball.

Full Review… | July 21, 2012

A wickedly designed, satirical and quite possibly dangerous work.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for El 聲gel 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.

Matthew Slaven
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.

familiar stranger

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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.

Robert C

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