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Film: The Exterminating Angel

The Exterminating Angel (El ángel exterminador) is a 1962 film directed by Luis Buñuel. It tells the story of a group of friends arriving at the house of a wealthy society couple for a lavish dinner...who then find themselves unable to leave. This causes confusion which leads to desperation, panic and brutality.

As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki and at IMDB.

"Los tropes exterminador":

  • Asshole Victim: Take your pick. The characters are not meant to be sympathetic.
  • Driven to Suicide: Beatriz and Eduardo
  • Here We Go Again: Though, considering what had happened before and who the writer/director is...
  • Literary Allusion Title: Buñuel took the title from a line in an unfinished play his friend José Bergamin had been writing. When Buñuel asked it he could use it, Bergamin said yes since he couldn't claim credit for it, since he took if from The Book of Revelation.
  • Locked in a Room: It's the central scenario of the whole movie - except the room's not actually locked. The party goers simply can't leave. When one guest humorously threatens to push another guest out, the latter barks "Try it, and I'll kill you."
  • Only Sane Man: Dr. Carlos Conde, who is the only one who is able to stay calm amidst all the panic and fear surrounding him.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain Protagonist: Possibly as a way to give the viewers an idea of what kind of people they're going to encounter, early on there is a scene where a brick is thrown through a window, which one guest attributes to "some passing Jew."
  • Spiritual Successor: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. In that film, dinner is served, but the guests are mysteriously unable to eat.
  • Surreal Humor: It is Buñuel, after all.
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