Lecture: Pietsie Feenstra. Film : EL ÁNGEL EXTERMINADOR

Donnerstag, 25. Mai 2023, 20 Uhr

Pietsie Feenstra (Montpellier)
„Spanish Cinematographic Memories“ and Space: Bunuel’s EL ÁNGEL EXTERMINADOR

Having left Spain after the Civil War (1936-1939), Buñuel spent many years in exile in Mexico. His return to Spain was not received with open arms. Like the film VIRIDIANA (1961), EL ÁNGEL EXTERMINADOR (1962 was produced at the end of his Mexican period. It tells the story of a group of wealthy guests who find themselves unable to leave a house after a dinner party. The film is fascinating because of the way it uses space. Is this house Spain itself? In her lecture, Pietsie Feenstra distinguishes two sites: an inside and an outside. The scene inside the house has been studied as a huis clos (a room with no exit). She asks, if the “outsider” perspective can be compared to some central tendencies represented by a “cinematographic memory” of Spanish cinema? How do the opening and final credits refer directly to the period of the 1960s during the Francoist regime (1939-1975)?

Pietsie Feenstra is professor in the department of cinema, audiovisual studies and new media at the Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3.

Vortrag in englischer Sprache

Film: EL ÁNGEL EXTERMINADOR (MX 1962, 93 Min.)