The degeneration of high society!
After a lavish dinner party, the guests find themselves mysteriously unable to leave the room.
After a lavish dinner party, the guests find themselves mysteriously unable to leave the room.
Silvia Pinal Antonio Bravo Augusto Benedico Bertha Moss César del Campo Claudio Brook Enrique Garcia Alvarez Enrique Rambal Jacqueline Andere José Baviera Lucy Gallardo Luis Beristáin Nadia Haro Oliva Ofelia Guilmáin Ofelia Montesco Patricia de Morelos Patricia Morán Rosa Elena Durgel Tito Junco Xavier Loyá Xavier Massé Ángel Di Stefani Ángel Merino Daniel Arroyo Fernando Yapur Jesús Gómez Juan Antonio Edwards Roberto Meyer Rubén Márquez Show All…
泯灭天使, Der Würgeengel, L'ange exterminateur, ملک الموت, L'angelo sterminatore, Minagoroshi no Tenshi, Los náufragos de la calle de la Providencia
Offers so much food for thought that it's easy to overlook what a remarkable high-wire act it represents, formally: Buñuel manages to orchestrate the activities of something like 20 people in a single room, for close to 90 minutes, without succumbing to proscenium-style theatricality—even though there essentially is a fourth wall that the characters can't traverse! Much more visually dynamic than I'd remembered (only previous viewing was almost 20 years ago), and still every bit as hilariously bleak; not only am I glad that no explanation for what happens is ever offered, but I'm reluctant even to entertain possible interpretations and theories of my own, for fear of somehow diminishing the film's resonance via rationality. It just feels perfect,…
the breaking of a basic social contract exacerbates the pretenses of wealth, reason and etiquette and shatters the entire organized, material illusion to reveal the primal cruelty and death that sustains it. "i believe the common people, the lower class people, are less sensitive to pain."
My favorite Luis Bunuel film, and an all-time favorite in general, sees a group of upper-class elitists affected by a force they can't understand, which keeps them from leaving a fancy dinner party. Over the course of days, they head in a Lord of the Flies direction, sniping and tearing at each other while simultaneously critiquing each other's etiquette and bearing. Bunuel is, as usual, scathing about the pretensions and self-satisfaction of the bourgeoisie, but there's also a sense of humor to the fantasy, and I love the symbolism of the rich being stuck with each other in this unsatisfactory, cloistered life they've created for themselves.
Paired with Darren Aronofsky's Mother! — which it partially inspired — on the Next Picture Show podcast.
There's something amiss with this genteel soiree:
A bear, sheep, and chicken feet, hidden away.
Inane chatter (strange in its lack of much sense)
Emits from the revelers; why'm I so tense?
Buñuel sets the stage for a party so odd
All this 'fore the meat (when the fête starts to nod).
Arise! You elite (so professions suggest)
And gaze at the chains swapped for tails, furs, and vests.
A prison of wealth and a carpenter's tool,
A room full of braggarts; of cheaters; of fools.
How's company now that you're stuck with yourselves?
What once was so decadent, now turns to hell.
The basest of instincts are wretched and spurned?
Hold onto your wallets; the tables are turned:
i wanna program a film series called 'mother! superior' with good movies mother! wishes it were. this would be the centerpiece.
The Exterminating Angel was a Kafka-esque movie about a group of bourgeoisies who meet up for a dinner party and find themselve psychologically trapped in one of the large house’s room. Quickly as they realize their entrapment, the refined patrons quickly disseminate shifting into their rude, violent, selfish, primal selves. Bunuel uses this strange concept to explore existentialist themes of the bourgeoisie, the nature of entrapment and the dichotomy of the presented self and the true self.
At the beginning of the movie during the bourgeoisie dinner party, the patrons are presented as polite, artificial, and seemingly laid back though firm and unrelenting towards their workers. After they realize they are trapped within this room, their behavior changes. Some start…
Well, I started to watch this movie, but then I got stuck in my chair and...
After the feast that was The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie last night, my first Bunuel, I was really anxious to tuck into The Exterminating Angel; particularly as everyone here rates it so highly. I rather wish I had watched them in the other order, as I think most have. I think I would have appreciated Exterminating Angel more than I did.
In Exterminating, Bunuel is still playful, and still attempts to spin you around using techniques like repeating scenes, but it’s nothing like the disorientation that he subjects you to in Discreet. This, for me, was a double edged sword. On the one hand, it allows you breathing room to discover and contemplate the rich themes and critique. On…
This surrealist film, written and directed by Luis Buñuel, examines how the interdependency between the wealthy and impoverished functions to brutalise one faction while protecting the deficiencies of the other. From the onset, Buñuel characterises a variety of ingrained and prescribed rituals of conduct which gives attention to the favoured’s political indifference and flair for extravagance as a testimony to their prominent shortage of convictions. The narrative abrades these characters of any connection with the external world to excavate their small-minded loathings, and the consequences are a viciously compelling movie which is not easily assigned to a genre.
The Exterminating Angel is a satirical and symbolic film on the hypocrisy of the bourgeoisie and is also so much more, it's left open for each viewer to make their own sense of. It's shot in beautiful black and white and Buñuel's camerawork is exceptionally detailed making us viewers feel a sense of constant claustrophobia and the performances are all just perfect and the screenplay very clever and hilarious. It's funny but also dark and it is extremely complex in the way that it tells it's story, so much happens in it's rather short running time, so many themes are explored. I don't feel like I can explain the film so well but it's just something you need to see. Right from the start I was just gripped and my heads still spinning, a surrealist masterpiece that's filmaking of the highest level.
That’s what we’re going to be at the end of this quarantine.
Si bien alguna vez he visto en mi vida una directa y brillante crítica social hacia la clase alta y la burguesía, Luis Buñuel, quien es uno de mis directores gigantes del cine, es a quien debería agradecer. Me resulta un concepto bastante inteligente y bien pensado el hecho de que Buñuel, quien básicamente creó el surrealismo en el cine con su cortometraje Un Chien Andalou (1929) y con su largometraje L'Âge d'Or (1930), mezclara dicho género con su incomparable talento de dirección para crear una de las más astutas críticas a la clase alta que jamás he visto en el Séptimo Arte. El Ángel Exterminador es ciertamente…
So, Buñuel got into a time machine, traveled to 2020, saw what it was like, then went back to 1962 and made a film about his experience? That’s the only plausible explanation, right?
What kept them in that room, and what changed to allow them to leave?
My opinion hasn't changed upon this second viewing, so I'll just add a few random thoughts:
- The humor is so INCREDIBLY DRY that it's almost easy to miss entirely. I wouldn't belittle someone for not even realizing this is a comedy.
- At times my mind went into "tactical realism" mode: "Just take turns rolling everyone out on the serving cart!" etc., and I would have to stop and remind myself that logic is NOT what this film is about.
- So many reviews talk about the symbolism, which is all well and good, but I think just as much focus should be placed on how damn entertaining this movie is at face value. A woman shyly walks into a closet to use an antique vase as a toilet. That's just good watchin' right there.
Yes, I understand it's a critique of the upper class, but if I had wanted to watch rich people shit on each other for an hour, I would have gone to the spa
It's simple: if a movie goes after the upper class I'm giving it at least 3 stars, and in this case a 4th because it's a banger. Such an absurd, surreal flair that makes me really excited to check out the rest of Bunuel's filmography.
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''I believe the common people, the lower class people, are less sensitive to pain.''
Using elements of fantasy, dream and surrealism, Bunuel attempts to strip the bourgeoisie and religion in this symbolic, claustrophobic film. What he achieved in Viridiana (1961) is established with The exterminating angel.
Different people will give different interpretations and get different feelings by watching this, but one is for sure; The bourgeoisie are responsible for their own barriers and their facades are not protecting them.
They are victims of religion and they are caught in their own game of control. The excellent use of repetition by the director shows they are in a vicious circle that they created for themselves and they are the sheeps ready for slaughter.
Criterion. I’m always going to prefer more concrete plot and characters over allegory, but you can’t help but submit when done so powerfully as it is here. But I think that also works against it in the end, when everything simply unravels.
Creo que el surrealismo no es lo mío, pero qué buen final.
Far better than, say, to Hitchcock’s Rope, or even Buñuel’s own Discreet Charm, this is the best dinner party gone awry film, and one of the best films period, I’ve ever seen. Beyond anticipating escape rooms, reality tv, and this ongoing fear I have that one day I’ll be lying in bed fully conscious but unable to move (there’s a name for that right?), this film provides a fascinating alternate to more storied models of vitiating attachment (cruel optimism, mania, etc) without really psychologizing or naturalizing anything. Why do they stay in the room? And who stays? What binds these capitalists and professionals and elites and socialites and leaders to their undoing? It’s a film about the question and unanswerability…
"That's my great torment: the fact we can't be alone."
The Exterminating Angel asks what happens when a high society dinner party's guest won't leave? What happens if they are supernaturally unable to leave? Absurdist comedy starts out relatively subtle and spirals into surreal anxiety inducing fight for survival, their social status, civility, snobbery dissolves, their base and desperate nature exposed. A sharp, biting take down of social trappings and director Luis Buñuel's typically brilliant assault on the Bourgeois, told in his trademark symbolic and surrealist style. Overall, superb surrealistic masterwork with an ingenious and totally original plot.
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