Regisseur Luis Buñuel

Cast Silvia Pinal, Enrique Rambal, Enrique García Álvarez, Jacqueline Andere

Lengte 93 minutes

Jaar 1962

Taal Spanish

Ondertiteling English

El Angel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel) is a surrealist movie by Buñuel from 1962. Sharply satirical and allegorical, the film contains a view of the aristocracy suggesting they “harbor savage instincts and unspeakable secrets”. It is considered one of the best 1,000 films by The New York Times, and was adapted into an opera in 2016.

After a lavish dinner party, the guests find themselves mysteriously unable to leave the room… and over the next few days all the elaborate pretenses and facades that they’ve built up by virtue of their position in society collapse completely as they become reduced to living like animals…

With recent news of private jet usage by our favourite (?) celebrities being so outrageaous that it emits almost 500 times more than the average citizen in a year, the phrase Eat the Rich has once again become relevant in public debate. That is why this month, Kriterion’s Modern Classics highlight a cinema of crazy rich people and their decadent behaviours, because sometimes showcasing it already serves as a sufficient critique. To see an overview of our selection of Eath the Rich films, click here.