The Exterminating Angel (The Criterion Collection)
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SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURES:
New, restored high-definition digital transfer
The Last Script: Remembering Luis Buñuel, a 2008 documentary featuring Jean-Claude Carrière and Jean Luis Buñuel
New interviews with filmmaker Arturo Ripstein and actress Silvia Pinal
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Marsha Kinder and a reprinted interview with Buñuel
Brilliant. --Roger Ebert
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Arthur A. Sabina New York END
The famous dinner party. The guests that can't leave. The animals (human and otherwise). The dark house. The repeating scenes. All this and more await you.
But it's the camera work that really leaves no doubt that we are seeing the work of a master of masters of the cinema. LB moves right and left, in and out without changing the lens setting, which sets up an erie feeling in perfect relationship to the subject matter of the film. A film not to be missed, and a movie to take a chance on. You won't be disappointed.
Rejecting rationalism, and accessing the unconscious desires of mankind, is at the heart of this film. The constructs of man, the masks of artifice he appropriates, are fashioned out of rationalism and serve to obfuscate reality. Man becomes pretentious, corrupt, immoral, and despondent because he has lost sense of himself. For Buñuel, the bourgeoisie is ripe for attack, given that they shape and determine the values of their society. If our social leaders reject true humanity, then how can society hope to find truth? For Buñuel, humanity cannot thrive under such conditions. Hell is divestiture from the self.
This film is for anyone who enjoys an intelligent and beautiful film (Cinematography by Mexican master Gabriel Figueroa). Buñuel is clearly one of the greatest pillars of modern film.
Irony, thou resides on Calle de la Providencia. On that street, a group of guests congregates to attend a dinner party. Later, they find themselves unable to leave the drawing room, trapped there inexplicably by their own inertia. As time elapses, the group's initial besument deteriorates into appalling social disorder. It's like LORD OF THE FLIES but with fancy napkins.
I like THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL for its unique title and for its blend of black comedy and surrealism. A sense of creeping horror sneaks up on the viewer as days elapse in the film and the guests remain unable to find egress. Claustrophobia sets in. Food and water quickly run out. Interactions among the guests grow increasingly vicious. A foul odor begins to permeate the drawing room. Outside, the smell reaches those a street away. The physician in the group - and lucky the group is to have him - is one of the few to keep a level head. He cautions: "Only by dispassionate analysis can we get to the bottom of our inaction."
Some years ago I got stuck for hours in an elevator with someone, and, by the time I got out, I was ready to strangle the guy.Read more ›
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I found this beloved surreal comedy by Bunuel less funny - but more haunting and disturbing - than I expected. That's not a bad thing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. Gordon
Superb surrealistic masterwork by Bunuel with an ingenious and totally original plot. People find themselves unable to simply walk out of a drawing room...! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Maurizio
Exterminating Angel might be the most striking film by Bunuel. It is mysterious and bizarre and provocative. Read morePublished 7 months ago by rbrogan3
As an american Catholic...I am blown away! The priests are afraid to enter the doors of conventionality even though the shallowness of the nights have turned the superficial... Read morePublished 10 months ago by boisegirl
This disc doesn't come in English subtitled - although container & website indicated.Published 12 months ago by Desure Lim
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