Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Sight & Sound Challenge: The Exterminating Angel (1962)

Film: The Exterminating Angel (57/250) 
Critics Poll: 202nd 
Directors Poll: 132nd
First Time/Rewatch: First Time

I had heard about this film and its crazy premise (a group of people attend a dinner party and find themselves unable to leave) but I had no idea how that could be made into a feature-length film. A short film, sure, but how could something that unusual be sustained over a whole film? Let  me tell you: it absolutely works. It somehow doesn't feel gimmicky, you believe these characters despite the fantastic circumstances, and although you're screaming at them to just leave the room, you're riveted, wondering what will happen next. Nothing is explained, nothing makes sense, but it's still a completely captivating film. It's fascinating watching glamour and decadence dissolve into weary desperation. I can't explain why it all works, it just does. More Buñuel please! More! More!

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