Luis Buñuel

The Exterminating Angel

The Exterminating Angel

A group of high-society friends are invited to a mansion for dinner and find themselves inexplicably unable to leave, in Luis Buñuel’s daring masterpiece The Exterminating Angel (El ángel exterminador). Made just one year after the director’s inter­na­tional sensation Viridiana, this film, full of eerie comic absurdity, continues Buñuel’s wicked takedown of the rituals and dependencies of the frivolous upper classes.

Film Info

  • Luis Buñuel
  • Mexico
  • 1962
  • 93 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Spanish
  • Spine #459

Special Features

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • The Last Script: Remembering Luis Buñuel, a 2008 documentary featuring screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière and filmmaker Juan Luis Buñuel
  • Interviews with actor Silvia Pinal and filmmaker Arturo Ripstein from 2006
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Marsha Kinder and an interview with Luis Buñuel from the 1970s

Cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • The Last Script: Remembering Luis Buñuel, a 2008 documentary featuring screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière and filmmaker Juan Luis Buñuel
  • Interviews with actor Silvia Pinal and filmmaker Arturo Ripstein from 2006
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Marsha Kinder and an interview with Luis Buñuel from the 1970s

Cover by Neil Kellerhouse

The Exterminating Angel
Cast
Silvia Pinal
Leticia “The Valkyrie”
Jacqueline Andere
Alicia de Roc
José Baviera
Leandro Gomez
Augusto Benedico
Carlos Conde, the doctor
Luis Beristáin
Cristián Ugalde
Antonio Bravo
Sergio Russell
Claudio Brook
Julio, the steward
César del Campo
Alvaro, the colonel
Rosa Elena Durgel
Silvia
Lucy Gallardo
Lucía de Nobile
Enrique García Alvarez
Alberto Roc
Ofelia Guilmáin
Juana Avila
Nadia Haro Oliva
Ana Maynar
Tito Junco
Raúl
Xavier Loyá
Francisco Avila
Xavier Massé
Eduardo
Ofelia Montesco
Beatriz
Patricia Morán
Rita Ugalde
Patricia de Morelos
Bianca
Bertha Moss
Leonora
Enrique Rambal
Edmundo Nobile
Credits
Director
Luis Buñuel
Writer
Luis Buñuel
Based on a story by
Luis Alcoriza
Based on a story by
Luis Buñuel
Producer
Gustavo Alatriste
Cinematographer
Gabriel Figueroa
Sound engineer
José B. Carles
Production design
Jesús Bracho
Composer
Raúl Lavista
Editor
Carlos Savage
Costume design
Georgette Somohano

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Luis Buñuel

Writer, Director

As made clear in his seminal works Viridiana and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie—delirious screeds against, respectively, religion and social conformity—Luis Buñuel was one of cinema’s great subversives and mischief makers. He began his career as a member of the French surrealists—his first films, Un chien andalou and L’âge d’or, absurd and violently sexual scandals that met with censorship, were collaborations with Salvador Dalí. After years of working alternately in his native Spain (where the scintillating, shaming faux documentary Land Without Bread and, later, Viridiana were both banned), the United States, and Mexico, Buñuel made most of his late films in France, combining surrealist non sequiturs with attacks on the bourgeoisie, the church, and social hypocrisy in general in such masterpieces as The Milky Way, The Phantom of Liberty, and That Obscure Object of Desire.