Film Reviews, Short Review, Uncategorized

El Ángel Exterminador [The Exterminating Angel] (1962)

4/4

In which Luis Buñuel tortures the rich and bourgeois for 90 minutes, but not so much otherwise they might complain and be offended, their poor little souls. The story of a upper-class dinner where the guests find themselves unable to leave after the meal has been served, The Exterminating Angel abounds both with Buñuel’s effervescent humour and his social criticism, a response to the hypocritical international reaction to his classic film Viridiana (1960). I’m pretty much a sucker for any film where rich people act stupid for 90 minutes (hey guys it’s like real life!), so The Exterminating Angel was always going to be a classic in my eyes; that it’s handled by one of cinema’s greatest pranksters and sharpest eyes is only a bonus.

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