A group of bourgeois cosmopolitans are invited to a mansion for dinner and inexplicably find themselves unable to leave, in Luis Buñuel’s daring masterpiece The Exterminating Angel. Made just one year after his international sensation Viridiana, this is a furthering of Buñuel’s wicked takedown of the rituals and dependencies of the frivolous upper classes, full of eerie and hilarious absurdity. —The Criterion Collection
Although regarded as the greatest artist of Spanish cinema Luis Buñuel only made three films that are Spanish by nationality. His exile from his homeland at the end of the Spanish Civil War resulted in extended periods in Mexico and France. Despite this displacement, Spain was never far from Buñuel’s mind. The peasant culture of the villages of Calanda and Zaragoza, many of them dating to the Middle-Ages, greatly influenced his imagination during his childhood. The Spanish literary tradition, represented by Lope de Vega, Cervantes and the writers of picaresque stories, remained constant touchstones. Strongest of all was the distinctly Spanish nature of his Catholicism; he would retain its influence long after he renounced the teachings of the Church. At the University of Madrid his friendship with poet Federico Garcia Lorca and painter Salvador Dalí would play a major role in the avant-garde of the 1920s. It was during this period that he discovered the works of Sigmund Freud. His insight… read more
Geniale.Uno dei rari casi in cui significati molto profondi e complessi si uniscono ad una tecnica semplice ed efficace.Si stimola la riflessione senza annoiare. Bunuel ci mostra cosa succerebbe all umanità se si trovasse a vivere in spazi troppo ristretti e affollati oppure in una società con convenzioni sociali troppo opprimenti:sarebbe una lenta regressione verso la barbarie intrisa di spiccato individualismo.5*
Il mio film preferito. Dopo una sera a teatro, degli eleganti borghesi, riuniti a cena nella sontuosa villa dei Nobile, non trovano più la forza di uscire... Ne L’Angelo sterminatore troviamo una tematica ricorrente della poetica buñueliana, ovvero quella dell’impossibilità di soddisfare un semplice desiderio, nel caso specifico quello di uscire da una stanza.
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Observar El ángel exterminador (1962) de Luis Buñuel es confrontar a la burguesía con su presente, entorno, costumbres y desenvolvimiento hacia las demás personas.
Intento para una crítica de “El Angel Exterminador”.
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