The Exterminating Angel (Bunuel, 1962)

Absolutely incredible. A group of people at a dinner party discover that there is some kind of hold on them that stops them from being able to leave the room (for days and days, feeling like eternity). This is one of the finest pieces of surreal filmmaking I have had the pleasure of seeing. Like with all great surrealist pictures, this film is an experience; the thoughts and emotions of the characters are conveyed to the audience in a sort of transference, you feel like they are feeling. You begin to feel what it’s like to be in that room, and you begin to have thoughts of your own that fit the context. This is the goal of surrealism: to create an extraordinary experience that goes beyond how life is normally realized. This is pure cinema; film as more than mere reproduction of reality; film with the capacity to go beyond what’s real.

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About Kamran Ahmed

I have a Masters in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. I work as a freelance writer and film critic in Vancouver. My writing is primarily distributed through Next Projection, an online film journal based in Toronto.
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