The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie | Chicago Reader

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

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. The film proceeds by diverse interruptions, digressions, and interpolations (including dreams and tales within tales) that, interestingly enough, identify the characters, their class, and their seeming indestructibility with narrative itself. One of the things that makes this film as charming as it is, despite its radicalism, and helped Buñuel win his only Oscar is the perfect cast, many of whom bring along nearly mythic associations acquired in previous French films. Frightening, funny, profound, and mysterious. Produced by Serge Silberman and coscripted by Jean-Claude Carriere; with Delphine Seyrig, Stephane Audran, Bulle Ogier, and Jean-Pierre Cassel, as well as Buñuel regulars Fernando Rey, Paul Frankeur, and Julien Bertheau. In French and Spanish with subtitles.

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