Made by fans in Auckland, New Zealand. I found The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie to be pretty funny, though this movie might not be for everyone, surrealism is heavily used in this movie, and Bunuel is not just trying to frustrate the main characters, he is trying to frustrate the audience too. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie) is a 1972 French language surrealist film (with some Spanish) directed by Luis Buñuel and written by him and Jean-Claude Carrière.It stars Fernando Rey as Rafael Acosta, ambassador of the (fictional) Republic of Miranda. I really loved it. I believe it; I’m still in a trance. I believe it; I’m still in a trance. Musician/Band I always start out mildly amused, wind up gobsmacked...but it seems entirely possible that shuffling the scenes at random would have much the same effect. My first Buñuel, and to be honest, I’m a bit perplexed by this one. So The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is a film I kind of despise on many levels if nothing else than because it's literally lampooning the very thing I hate, the satire good but still forcing me to endure what it's satirizing. More details at Luis Buñuel, 1972, 105 min., French with English subtitles, 15 On Food and Subversion Luis Buñuel’s ( Belle De Jour, Viridiana ) 1972 surrealist film received the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and a … MaartenV uses Letterboxd to share film reviews and lists. Sometimes it comes this close to slapstick but without the pay-off. It feels smart and funny on a surface level; I'm not sure how deep the meaning goes. Holy bejeezus, what an odd film. Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google privacy policy and terms of service apply. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie doesn't say anything new about it's subjects but the proceedings are sharp, confounding, and always entertaining. Witty political satire with a daring and groundbreaking story formula, but heavy-handed in the use of symbolism. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is a surreal drama directed by Luis Bunuel. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie could be considered as an anti-capitalist movie. What a disappointment. Class…. Like a cat with a mouse, he toys with them; tosses them up in the air, bats them about a while, then sits back and watches them wobble and stumble about; all the time his tail gingerly flicking. What can I say; I think I’ve found a new favourite director after a single film. But then I looked up every other review/critique/essay (Ebert, Sciretta etc.) A winding, inescapable nightmare separated by emptiness. Enjoy! Not my thing, and unfortunately seems to be a mainstay among many directors' bodies of work. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie could be considered as an anti-capitalist movie. To me, it feels very indebted to Oscar Wilde and other comedies of manners. Not my thing, and unfortunately seems to be a mainstay among many directors' bodies of work. It's just a single pointed joke that gets funnier and funnier, abetted by a sextet of actors who refrain from any winking or nudging—Bulle Ogier in particular achieves maximum vacuity without calling attention to herself…. What a disappointment. Bunuel invites the characters to dinners and interrupts them, though they are frustrated, they keep trying again and again and expects others to serve them, Bunuel exposes the hypocrisy and entitlement of the capitalist elite through these characters. Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Equally lovely, esp. Sometimes it feels like French New Wave. Bulle Ogier's wardrobe & astrological musings were so good, i will gladly write a 400 page essay on why this is a five star movie. Rent The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) starring Fernando Rey and Paul Frankeur on DVD and Blu-ray. I do not own this video and music. "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie"(An Academy Award winner in 1972 for Best Foreign Film) is a boldly inventive picture. Sometimes it plays out like a Monty Python skit. It is definitely satire, though, that much I can say with confidence. Dozens of frames are filled with clever filmic devices: environmental noises increase inordinately during routine conversations; an ambiguous procession is … Hard to quantify the cumulative satirical force this movie brings to bear, as it maintains the same level of genial drollery from start to finish. A lovely film which is suffused with a wonderful dream like quality that wavers between the absurd and the disturbing. Those poor Bourgeoisie just wanted to eat! 1972 At some point in The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (any sense of time, whether diegetic or otherwise, quickly becomes meaningless as scene after scene ends with a character waking up and reflecting, "What a strange dream I've just had…"), the main characters go to a dinner party at a colonel's house where they're served fake plastic chicken, and then a large curtain is pulled back to reveal a theater audience. I can handle the truth. A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together. Witty political satire with a daring and groundbreaking story formula, but heavy-handed in the use of symbolism. Favorites: Paris, Texas (1984), Shoplifters (2018), Seconds (1966), The Fall (2006). My first Buñuel, and to be honest, I’m a bit perplexed by this one. 94 films watched. More details at My frustration with Buñuel's films is inherent with my frustration at a certain subset of film, that of the variety which prominently features vapid rich white bourgeois doing vapid rich white bourgeois nonsense. Show All… To me, it feels very indebted to Oscar Wilde and other comedies of manners. If this wasn't so harshly hilarious it would be impossible to take in, mainly because entitlement doesn't seem like a topic to showcase without a certain measure of levity. So The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is a film I kind of despise on many levels if nothing else than because it's literally lampooning the very thing I hate, the satire good but still forcing me to endure what it's satirizing. I look forward to continuing to think about this film and watch more of Buñuel's work. 1972 It feels smart and funny on a surface level; I'm not sure how deep the meaning goes. 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This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google privacy policy and terms of service apply. Even the most surrealistic incident within this dreamlike series of events carries an unflinching eye, viewing all the strange and despicable behavior like a curious animal; wide-eyed and casually attentive. This review may contain spoilers. It would be hard to imagine a less fair or, or accurate portrait. 965 films watched. Thanks to Criterion for sending over an advanced copy, and I can’t wait to dive into Buñuel’s other films! Holy bejeezus, what an odd film. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is a surreal drama directed by Luis Bunuel. I might not have known enough of the historical context to fully appreciate it but that hand reaching for the meat at the end is one of the funniest fucking things I have ever seen. But then I looked up every other review/critique/essay (Ebert, Sciretta etc.) Directed by Luis Buñuel. Someone's going to tell the truth about the bourgeoisie!" My frustration with Buñuel's films is inherent with my frustration at a certain subset of film, that of the variety which prominently features vapid rich white bourgeois doing vapid rich white bourgeois nonsense. "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie"(An Academy Award winner in 1972 for Best Foreign Film) is a boldly inventive picture. © Letterboxd Limited. Thanks to Criterion for sending over an advanced copy, and I can’t wait to dive into Buñuel’s other films! In typical Luis Buñuel fashion, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie surrealistically skewers the conventions of society. 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