The Exterminating Angel 1962 Criterion Collection
This classic film from the great Spanish director Luis Bunuel is essentially one big slap to the face of the elites that thrived during General Franco's dictatorship.
Bunuel describes it as “the story of a group of friends who have dinner together after seeing a play, but when they go into the living room after dinner, they find that for some inexplicable reason they can’t leave.” For equally inexplicable reasons, after preparing dinner for the guests, all but one of the servants feel compelled to flee the mansion. Trapped in the living room, the guests soon begin to panic. Hours turn into days and food and water are running out. Still the guests are compelled by force or forces unknown to stay and continue the party. As hunger comes to rule the trapped group, their tempers and sanity fray...
Bunuel takes great pleasure in humiliating the elitist crowd inside the house, but knowing how he was treated during the Franco era it is hardly surprising. So the whole concept behind the film is basically a form of carefully crafted intellectual revenge served in a pretty uncompromising fashion.

Director: Luis Bunuel
Cast: Silvia Pinal, Jacqueline Andere, Enrique Rambal
Country: Mexico
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy


BD50 + 2xDVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC 4:3 | 01:33:25 | 44.4 Gb + 12 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Espanol
Subtitles: English

Extras:

The Last Script: Remembering Luis Bunuel - this archival documentary examines the eventful personal life and cinematic legacy of director Luis Bunuel. The overwhelming majority of the information comes via a long and quite fascinating conversation between filmmaker Juan Luis Bunuel (son of the great director) and acclaimed scenarist Jean-Claude Carriere (Belle de Jour, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie). The documentary was produced by Gaizka Urresti and Javier Espada in 2008. In Spanish, with optional English subtitles. (98 min).

1. Calanda
2. Saragossa
3. The Residence (Madrid)
4. The Order of Toledo
5. The surrealists (Paris)
6. The republic
7. New York
8. Los Angeles
9. The return of a filmmaker (Mexico City)
10. Cannes
11. Tristana
12. Amusements
13. An obsession with death
14. "I, Bunuel"

Silvia Pinal - in this archival interview, actress Silvia Pinal discusses her contribution to the three films she made with Luis Bunuel: The Exterminating Angel, Simon of the Desert, and Viridiana. The interview was conducted in Mexico City in January 2006. In Spanish, with optional English subtitles. (11 min).

Arturo Ripstein - in this archival interview, Mexican director Arturo Ripstein (Deep Crimson) discusses The Exterminating Angel and the impact Luis Bunuel;s work had on his career and Mexican cinema. The interview was conducted in 2006. In English, not subtitled. (15 min).

Trailer - original trailer for The Exterminating Angel. In Spanish, with optional English subtitles. (4 min).

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