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The Exterminating Angel
Drama, by Luis Bunuel, Mexico, 1962.
The plot revolves around a group of people who gather in a sumptuous villa for a gala dinner. However, after dinner, they find that they are unable to leave the villa, despite the fact that the doors and windows are barred and the exits apparently blocked. What follows is a kind of surreal nightmare where the group of guests are trapped in the villa and their behaviors and social relationships begin to degrade in a bizarre way.
The film deals with themes of social conformity, alienation, and the downfall of social conventions. It is known for its surreal sequences and the way it challenges reality and traditional logic. "The Exterminating Angel" is often interpreted as a satirical critique of the upper class and self-righteous social norms. This film has become an icon of Surrealist cinema and represents one of Luis Buñuel's most distinctive and provocative works. It is prized for both its conceptual complexity and visual extravagance, and has been influential in the film world for its ability to push the boundaries of the cinematic art. At the time, many thought it was the last film of Bunuel's career. It was, however, the first of a series of masterpieces.