Mary Poppins Returns
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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.
It combines a masterful command of the medium with a mischievous, anarchic sense of imaginative freedom.
Triggered by minor annoyances, the dreams and memories of civil servants invade the lives of Buñuel's upper-class characters whenever they sit down to eat.
I must assure you that, such is Buñuel's wizard command of cinematic juxtapositions, the proceedings are delightfully clear, as well as light and witty.
I had forgotten just how spooky the dream scenes are; Bunuel could have been a master of horror, or a great farceur. As it was, he was simply Bunuel, which is cause enough for celebration.
There is one clear target for Buñuel that crosses all ideological lines: hypocrisy
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...
A surrealist comedy of discreet humor that will probably not make you laugh as much as you will feel embarrassed for all of its petty bourgeois characters, and once again Buñuel smartly plays with his film's structure, this time to cast a slyly provocative and cynical view on society.
If you have no sense of humor going into this, you wont get it at all. This film has a non-linear narrative where things just happen for the sole purpose of exploring the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie which the title tells us it's about. In other words it's a social critique of the upper classes. The way they react and behave in the situations in the film is very funny. I recommend this movie.
Luis Buñuel is an acquired taste that I sometimes have trouble acquiring. His films can be a little cryptic and transcendent (or confusing and pompous - depending on your point of reference). The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is an exercise in precise meandering that will either pull you along by your belt loops or leave you standing befuddled in its wake.
The mere title of this satiric view of the upper crust spells out Luis Bunuels surrealistic take on the subject of the rich and particularly petty: the bourgeoisie. Supplementing an interesting cast with a cynical stance, Bunuel spices up the tragic circumstances of lust, greed, and sloth with gorey and/or unobtrusive dreams which are basic human fears and people's undoing. Eclectic, but not particularly funny, it's not only a piece of art, but a interest propaganda film on what's acceptable in our society.
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