Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Exterminating Angel

As the servants are preparing for a dinner party at their master's residence, a few of them leave for unexplained reasons. Soon the guests arrive and start behaving in an extremely strange fashion. Then they stay past a reasonable hour and soon they realize that they are unable to leave the party, which coincides with some other strange occurences. This 1962 film by director Luis Bunuel, the master of the surreal, was hailed as a masterpiece for satirizing the upper class. Though maybe not as successful by those terms when viewed today, Bunuel's odd film contains some sharp humor, well defined moments, and a very wry ending.