The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie) (1972)
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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
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Luis Buñuel's 1972 comic masterpiece, about three well-to-do couples who try and fail to have a meal together, is perhaps the most perfectly achieved and executed of all his late French films.
Luis Bunuel adds another fine film to his solid record with this surrealistically oriented tale of so-called bourgeois types.
The chic stylishness of the characters comes over as overbearing rather than satirically revealing.
Take a look again at its dream sequences, especially the nocturnal one involving the young man in the side street, and you will see a master disturber still at work.
An absurdly comic assault on the meaningless social rituals and polite hypocrisies of the upper middle class.
Most of the films of Luis Bunuel are comedies in one way or another, but he doesn't go for gags and punch lines; his comedy is more like a dig in the ribs, sly and painful.
Dreams nest within other dreams like so many Chinese puzzle boxes, while no dream belongs exclusively to a single dreamer, as though Buñuel were toying with the Jungian notion of the collective unconscious.
A wonderful cast, which includes Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig and Jean-Pierre Cassel, help Buñuel go about his anarchic mischief...
Fate conspires to prevent six French eminences from eating dinner in this remastered print of Buñuel's gigglesome, troubling Surrealist tract.
It weaves games of dream and reality as the sextet wander through increasingly absurd set-ups. patriarchal authority and polite social rituals are slyly undermined, and the cast play it impeccably.
This is more than just a scathing satire on the political, religious and military representatives of the ruling elite. Ever the surrealist, Buñuel is also paying tribute to the poise and resilience of the very people he spent his whole career attacking.
Buñuel doesn't just ridicule, he pokes and prods at his dubious subjects with a gleeful delight. Such priceless cynical joy you won't find anywhere else.
It's all too familiar Buñuel and lacks the bite of some of his earlier and sharper edged films.
Of the four absurdist comedies the director made towards the end of his life, this is the best and most accessible.
Buñuel and Carriere give us dreams within dreams, fantasies within fantasies and stories within stories, all punctuated by scenes of the six striding purposefully along a deserted country road, resolutely headed nowhere,.
A delicious comedy of manners, Bunuel's Oscar winner is a descendant of the audaciously surreal Golden Age, a light satire of the trivial, conformist bourgeois lifestyle.
Bunuel was at the height of his powers with this satirical farce that explodes the distance between all things personal and political. "The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie" is a timeless and enigmatic masterpiece that psychologically alters its audience
There are masterpieces scattered among Buñuel's French films like confetti, but here one of cinema's most brilliant directors made the most brilliant film of his career.
Não apenas um olhar cínico (e divertido) sobre nossas fachadas sociais, mas também uma brincadeira inteligente com a própria linguagem do Cinema.
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