Previously at the ICA - Films
21 Nov 2015
One of Buñuel's very best films, a devastatingly funny satire in which the guests at an upper-class dinner party find that some mysterious compulsion makes it impossible for them to leave. In the best surrealist tradition, this film is disconcerting and overflowing with meaning as the vast, magnificent salon gradually descends into sordid squalor. It is a black comedy filled with anti-bourgeois and anti-clerical sentiments, a dreamlike story where the surrealism of Buñuel is manifested in all its fantastic wealth. Although perceived as an highly accurate analysis of class, The Exterminating Angel becomes a manifesto for the powerlessness of the human race as a whole.
The Exterminating Angel, dir. Luis Buñuel, Mexico 1962, 95 mins.
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