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Luis Bunuel in Mexico

Monday, February 26, 1979
9:30 p.m. The Exterminating Angel
Luis Bunuel (Mexico,1962)

“This richly suggestive and barely interpretable fable is one of Bunuel’s most mysterious and fascinating movies. The basic situation is a simple one (the guests at a high society dinner party find it absolutely impossible to go home), but the results are almost infinitely complex. A surrealist microcosm? Bunuel’s ‘Inferno’? A panorama of modern decadence? Maybe, but maybe not. Seen in the context of Bunuel’s career, the film works as a striking addition to the director’s portraits of corruption and decadence in the ruling classes.”

—Peter Hogue

• Directed and Written by Luis Bunuel. Photographed by Gabriel Figueroa. With Silvia Pinal, Enrique Rambal, Claudio Brook. (1962, 91 mins, English titles, Print Courtesy of Audio Brandon Films)