El Ángel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel) (1962)Mexico | 1962 | 95 mins | Not Rated | Comedy, Drama
Wednesday May 15, 2013
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$10 General Admission, $7 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening - buy at center
The great screen surrealist Luis Buñuel co-wrote and directed this dark, bitterly witty satire. A group of people in formal dress arrives at an elegantly appointed home for a dinner party. However, once dinner is over and the guests retire to the drawing room, they discover that the servants have gone away, and for some reason they cannot leave. There is noexplanation why — there are no locked doors or barred windows preventing them from going home — but the guests are convinced that they’re stranded. Left to their own devices, they slowly but gradually degenerate into genteel savagery, taking an axe to a water pipe for drinking water, killing and eating a sheep that was to be part of the post-dinner entertainment, hiding the bodies of dead guests in the closet, dabbling in witchcraft, and burning the furniture.
"A macabre comedy, a mordant view of human nature that suggests we harbor savage instincts and unspeakable secrets."
--Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times