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on 3 May 2017
A fascinating and very famous film, following a group of six middle class friends trying to have dinner together, but never quite succeeding as real and surreal events keep interrupting. Since it was made in 1972, our definition of "surreal" may have been blunted by the number of odd films we have seen since then. But certainly the events are bizarre and you are never quite sure if they are simply dreams that some of the participants are having. There is one mysterious repeated scene of the group just walking along a country lane between fields, which is never explained. It has comic and serious elements and this DVD has an illuminating analysis by Spanish cinema expert, Peter Evans.
It ranks with Luis Bunuel's masterpiece, "Belle de Jour" and like that one is a tour de force.
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on 11 January 2017
My partner had been on about this film for years but I hadn't seen it and I thought he might be exaggerating, but its just as good as he said. Some parts now seem a little dated, although they must have been very avant-garde at the time, but it didn't spoil my enjoyment. A VERY entertaining film, highly recommended.
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Still superb.
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on 20 November 2014
Very much of its time, most enjoyable, very French of course.
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on 3 June 2015
Carriere/Bunuel won an Oscar for this portrayal of a middle class group whose attempt at having dinner is continually disrupted by a series of surreal events, or are the surreal events disrupted by the characters' continuing desire to have dinner? A dream film with no level of reality, we are assaulted with memorable vignettes of love-making, terrorism and military maneuvres. A bishop shoots a dying man who has murdered his parents while a South American dictator deals in drugs. The party go to dine at a colonel's house, are served rubber chickens and then are caught by a curtain being raised which reveals them to be dining on a stage in front of an audience. One of the guests wakes up and finds himself taking part in someone else's dream. Dreams within dreams emphasize repeatedly the eruption of repressed emotions pouring out of the cultural ritual of wanting to eat. Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Paul Frankeur, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Stephane Audran and Bulle Ogier all give fine performances, but one glance at The Exterminating Angel shows how soft the satirical edge really is here. Instead of assaulting our bourgeois sensibilities Bunuel ends up merely titillating us.
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on 22 December 2016
product as described and delivered on time
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on 12 July 2012
this is one of bunuel's greatest films. a masterpiece. perfect from the acting to the script to the setting.
the film is 1000% bunuel, covering and including all the key elemnts of his cinematic vision.
the film won an extremely deserved academy award as best foreign laguage film (it was also nominated for best original screenplay) , plus many other important prizes.
you should not miss it!
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on 19 July 2012
This blu-ray is flawless. The video and audio quality is stellar (but not perfect) and the critical analysis by Peter Evans is a nice buy yet kind of pathetic extra. Highly recommended!
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on 23 January 2015
Classic surreal comedy
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on 26 April 2015
weird and wonderful.
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