Discreet Charm Of Bourgeoisie

Discreet Charm Of Bourgeoisie

Director: Luis Buñuel, Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Stéphane Audran

Cast: Luis Buñuel, Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Stéphane Audran

     
 
In typical Luis Buñuel fashion, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie surrealistically skewers the conventions of society. Buñuel applies his surrealist touch to a mundane event: a dinner party that may never come to pass. A group of well-to-do friends attempt to gather for a social evening, but are thwarted at every turn. The initial problem seems to be a

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In typical Luis Buñuel fashion, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie surrealistically skewers the conventions of society. Buñuel applies his surrealist touch to a mundane event: a dinner party that may never come to pass. A group of well-to-do friends attempt to gather for a social evening, but are thwarted at every turn. The initial problem seems to be a simple scheduling mistake, but the obstacles become more and more bizarre. At one point, the guests are interrupted at the table by an army on maneuvers. Later they learn that they are merely characters in a stage play and so cannot have dinner together. These misadventures are combined with symbolic dreams of the various characters, some of which also involve interrupted dinners. Wicked social satire and one of Buñuel's funniest films. Winner of the Academy Award for "Best Foreign Film" in 1972.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
In this surrealist satire reminiscent of his earlier L'Age d'Or (1930) and The Exterminating Angel (1962), Luis Buñuel leavens his attack on class privilege with light comedy. With a narrative that interweaves flashbacks within dreams within a dream, Buñuel interrogates the absurdities of bourgeois ceremony and hypocrisy, as two well-heeled couples and their two friends, including a drug-running South American ambassador, can't conduct a dinner party in peace. Foiled by (among other things) botched scheduling, sexual desire, a theater audience, an untimely funeral, and armed revolutionaries, the sextet's inability to eat increasingly suggests a manifestation of their innermost fears, while Buñuel's repeated interruptions of the story cheekily defy movie conventions and straightforward interpretations. Eschewing both a musical score and anything resembling closure, Buñuel renders the film as unsettling as it is funny, as the bourgeoisie soldier on towards a meal they never have. Internationally acclaimed for its sharp wit and technical virtuosity, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie won the National Society of Film Critics' Best Picture Prize and the 1972 Best Foreign Film Oscar, confirming once again Buñuel's place as one of cinema's greatest experimental artists and satirists.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/2013
UPC:
8809154125742
Original Release:
1972
Source:
Imports

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fernando Rey Ambassador Raphael Acosta
Delphine Seyrig Simone
Stéphane Audran Alice Senechal
Jean-Pierre Cassel Senechal
Paul Frankeur Thevenot
Bulle Ogier Florence
François Maistre Delecluze, Superintendent of Police
Claude Piéplu Colonel
Julien Bertheau Bishop Dufour
Milena Vukotic Ines the Maid
Christian Baltauss Actor
Luis Buñuel Actor
Jean Degrave Actor
Georges Douking Dying Gardener
Sebastien Floche Actor
Claude Jaeger Actor
Maxence Mailfort Actor
Michel Piccoli Home Secretary
Jacques Rispal Actor
Ellen Bahl Actor
Pierre Lary Actor
Muni Peasant
Pierre Maguelon Police Sergeant
Anne Marie Descott Actor
Robert Le Beal Tailor
Bernard Musson Servant
Amparo Soler Leal Actor

Technical Credits
Luis Buñuel Director,Screenwriter
Odette Berroyer Makeup
Jean-Claude Carrière Screenwriter
Pierre Guffroy Art Director
Jacqueline Guot Costumes/Costume Designer
Fernande Hugi Makeup
Pierre Lary Asst. Director
Hélène Plemiannikov Editor
Edmond Richard Cinematographer
Serge Silberman Producer
Guy Villette Sound/Sound Designer

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