The Exterminating Angel (The Criterion Collection)
Special Edition, Criterion Collection
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A group of bourgeois cosmopolitans are invited to a mansion for dinner and inexplicably find themselves unable to leave, in Luis Buñuel's daring masterpiece The Exterminating Angel. Made just one year after his international sensation Viridiana, this is a furthering of Buñuel's wicked takedown of the rituals and dependencies of the frivolous upper classes, full of eerie and hilarious absurdity.
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
Extraordinarily powerful and imaginative. --The Spectator
Brilliant. --Roger Ebert
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As for the supplemental material on CD 2, the interviews with both Silvia Pinal (she relates how she often discussed "Exterminating Angel" with Buñuel while acting in the film; she comes across and genuine and sincere) and director Arturo Ripstein are very good. However, the documentary, "The Last Script: Remembering Luis Buñuel" (2008), featuring Buñuel's son, director Juan Luis Buñuel and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, is far too long. Although I have great respect for Mr. Buñuel, the documentary's various cast members go on and on -- ad infinitum, ad nauseum -- sycophantically waxing poetic about Buñuel's greatness. Half an hour could easily have been edited out of this 90 minute documentary. I have to think that Buñuel himself would have been against that kind of self-promotional adoration, even when directed towards him. However, "Last Script: Remembering Luis Buñuel" does have its highlights, including black and white stills taken by Buñuel, and the following quote by Carrière: "Buñuel had a Comic / Spanish Obsession with Death".
Stephen C. Bird, Author of "Any Resemblance To A Coincidence Is Accidental"
Jacqueline Andere looks so sensual and young in this film. In 1962, she had a big, pointy nose. In recent years, she's had cosmetic surgery to make it smaller! Andere is a good actress and her femininity is appealing. I like scenes where people hurt her and she'll burst into tears! Lucy Gallardo is in this film. She played Jose Jose's mother in Buscando Una Sonrisa/In Search of a Smile(1971). Bertha Moss and Patricia Moran later appeared in Romeo Contra Julieta(1968). The late Ofelia Montesco was one of the hottest women that ever lived! Her dark, sensual looks were eye candy! This Criterion DVD delivers in quality and quantity. The film's trailer and a Luis Bunuel documentary are extra features. The Exterminating Angel(1962) is a solid, surreal, art-house film.
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