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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together.
What can I say; I think I’ve found a new favourite director after a single film.
Buñuel has the same high regard for both his characters and audience alike. 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. Just when you think you have your bearings; and escape into a lush field of meaning is within grasp; he pounces again.
I’ve read that Buñuel was an accomplished hypnotist in his youth, and that he believed that the movies were a form of hypnotism. I believe it; I’m still in a trance.
When I first heard the title, I thought, "Finally! Someone's going to tell the truth about the bourgeoisie!" What a disappointment. It would be hard to imagine a less fair or, or accurate portrait.
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. 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. 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…
Another Buñuel and again I must rhyme;
Appropriate since it's much weirder this time.
Though unlike before where things start with the feast
In ...Charm it seems eating's like sex to a priest:
Forbidden, taboo, and declined against will
Though suffering fools keep attempting their fill.
A sextet of dilettantes (much like before)
Discuss what is proper, indulgent, and more.
But there where 'society' deemed what is right,
Cocaine/infidelity/murder's our plight.
A strange set of morals; I guess that's the key
To poke fun at people more, well, discreetly.
Their wealth and their social esteem's much less clear
And so is their odd way of showing good cheer.
Confounded by knocking at every turn,
That damned door's bad luck, yet…
Holy bejeezus, what an odd film. I mean truly odd. Not in the Lynch way, though, but in some completely new way. Sometimes it plays out like a Monty Python skit. Sometimes it feels like French New Wave. Sometimes it feels like a laugh track is missing. Sometimes it comes this close to slapstick but without the pay-off. It is definitely satire, though, that much I can say with confidence. The film pokes fun at so many things it could be (and probably has been) the subject of many a PhD dissertation.
I honestly can't write a review of it, at least not without spending way too much time I don't have right now reading about it.
All I can say is it is truly odd, and compelling and engaging and I loved it. I really loved it.
A stunning skewering of middle/upper class mores that is melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
Of Luis Buñuel's feature length work I had only seen the dreamy, insouciant Belle du Jour so I wasn't expecting the seemingly straight narrative that I was initially presented with. It is only as the film progresses that the surreal nature of the film really unfolds, the strangeness presented as jarringly at odds with the quotidian, almost stagy scenarios. In this it reminded more of Rene Magritte's use of juxtaposition than former collaborator Salvador Dali's self-reflexive dream logic.
Buñuel teases and torments his six protagonists in an ecstasy of delayed gratification, exposing their hypocrisies and leaving them unable to voice their frustrations due to the societal mores imposed on…
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Luis Buñuel was one of cinema’s vicious attackers. He was ruthless, and scratched and screamed at class, religion, ideology and life in general. He despised the rules by which society lived. And he always carried with him everywhere a twisted but brilliant sense of humour. If Buñuel was not humorous, his movies would be painful, almost insufferable to watch. But no matter how dark and unforgiving he could be with his movies, he was always humorous. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is one of cinema’s great black comedies.
In a list I wrote five months ago, I named Discreet Charm the best film of the seventies. Now, looking back at…
Si uno ve el cine de Buñuel debe estar consciente de que no va a ver nada mínimamente convencional. Y aun así, esta es una de sus películas más convencionales. Una sátira de la burguesía que podría decirse "de la época" pero en realidad, uno de sus aspectos positivos es que transcurridos más de 40 años desde que salió, no ha perdido mucha vigencia, pues este tipo de personajes que vemos seguimos viéndolos hoy día en los distintos radios de la sociedad.
Al ver uno esta película se pregunta cuánta influencia tendrá la narrativa de Buñuel en directores como Cronenberg y David Lynch, y debe ser bastante. Conectar situaciones surreales y sueños con la realidad es algo que no todos…
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is fleeting and visceral and funny and surreal at the same time. It has this little tweak in reality (described in the dreams of the characters) and it gives a healthy dose of surrealism. The satirical elements in this movie are so 🔥🔥🔥
"fuck the bourgeoisie"
Surrealist, but not on the surface. Rather it simply doesn't make sense. I founds tDCotB immensely funny, meaningful even today, although not overly so and brilliantly directed. It almost feels like the most highbrow sketch show you can imagine with it simply being the story of 4/5 corrupt rich people trying to eat a meal and the numerous ways in which they feel to do so. It also has some of the most memorable moments on film (the curtain, all of the dreams, etc.)
"And I shit on your entire army"
Humans are all in a play and don't know the lines. We say one thing, but do another. Bunuel is a heavily cynical director with very unorthodox, cruel comedy that doesn't rely on traditional tricks, like gags or slapstick. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisieis unique satire at it best.
Bunuel constantly uses cinematic techniques and mise-en-scene to enhance the feeling of containment and torture by trapping them in the frame. He uses camera movement to counter the talent's movement and he uses tight framing both for this purpose.
Tiempo sin escribir por estos lares una reseña, quisiera comenzar diciendo que seleccioné la mejor para hacerlo pero no, no es así.
'The Discreet Charm of The Bourgeoisie' es una de las "mejores" peliculas de la filmografía del cineasta Luis Buñuel junto al Angel Exterminador; lamentablemente no corporta la opinion de la critica especializada; sobre todo porque no he visto toda sus peliculas... y esta producción tampoco me motiva en hacerlo.
Denominada como comedia; quizás David O. Russell entienda cada uno de los "chistes" realizados en ella. Esta producción es una "inteligente" satira sobre la sociedad de la epoca con twist que impresionan al principio que luego ese recurso se vuelve tan repetitivo; cayendo en loop tedioso que…
Funny. But, lacks the bite of better Bunuel films. Feels more playful than mean-spirited.
Primera película de The «Breakfast Club» Film Cycle sugerida por Kirenia.
Me encantan las películas raras, como también me encantan las comedias, así que unir de una manera inteligente como hizo este genio en Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie lo es todo para mí.
Luis Buñuel supo lo mucho que logró con El Ángel Exterminador, lástima que conmigo no tanto. Así que nunca estuvo de más volver a tocar ese tema que tan ácidamente criticó en esta y agregarle mucho más surrealismo y muchísimo más comedia, por eso es que me gustó y hasta hora es mi película favorita de este español. Además del increíble cast que dirigió, unas actuaciones todas a la altura.
Este era el Luis Buñuel…
Plenty to chew on in this one, but I think the thing I'll take away the most is Bunuel's hilarious reinterpretation of the third act "It was All a Dream Twist." He renders it to its absurd end, leading to a comment on the impotence of the "Bourgeoisie" to act on its true desires, lest they offend the social status quo.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!