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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…
Luis Buñuel's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie portrays the impossibility that a group of high society faces in achieving a dinner. It works as a fantastic and virulent satire on bourgeois, resulting in one of the best and most effective comedies of all time, led by a very dark humour that may not please everyone and filled with Buñuel's typical surrealism. It's amazing how the film manages to balance a satiric realism - by portraying bourgeoisie's habits, manners and behaviors - with a very clear surrealism which is mainly used to create some very effective metaphors over that social class.
Many people try to decrypt Buñuel's films, but they will never get to a general conclusion because his films…
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…
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie -5/5
The high society people showcased in ‘ The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie’ have these infuriating mannerisms and insecure personalities which show how ‘discreet’ they truly are as Luis Bunuel’s satirical approach to the surrealistic fantasies of the Bourgeoisie deliver this film which is ironically both amusing and hard-hitting at the same time, as the luxurious lives of these ‘upper class’ people are only example of how pitiful they’re egoistical lives truly are as Bunuel gives a commendable representation of the ‘bourgeoisie’ with his own quirky taste to it.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie shows the lives of some upper-class group of people trying to dine together but something odd happens every…
Remembering the right date for dinner can be difficult. There's nothing more troublesome than having to deal with a dead proprietor of a restaurant being laid out in his former venue when you just want to eat. Speaking of dining together ... it's so damn difficult to get it over with, especially when you are six members of the Bourgeoisie. Something always comes up, whether it's the insatiable need for a quick roll in the hay, being too paranoid to stay for lunch or even being arrested before you can get your first bite.
Even if you just want to have a cup of tea, coffee, water, anything, they always seem…
Dvix, Casa Mirko, con Mirko, Luca e Max
Something about the last shot, with them walking down the street, ties up the whole movie. I think it's because the movie kind of puts us in this weird world where nothing really makes sense, but at the end we see that everything's going to be okay.
This was an interesting experience. I appreciated this much more than I actually liked it. I found myself literally thinking "this is the kind of thing I would like," but didn't actually engage with it, for the most part. I recently saw Belle de Jour for the first time and really responded to the way Bunuel mixes strange dream/fantasy sequences into the story without explanation. Here, they just lie there, to no effect. I really liked the visual aesthetic of the film, but I didn't laugh at this comedy until the final scene, which I actually liked quite a bit. For some reason, I have a sneaking suspicion that I'd like this more upon a second viewing, and I will watch it again. But for now, I'm not sure how to rate it.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Oh man. Knowing Bunuel, I had a feeling there's going to be some blasphemy somewhere. And I was right.
Out of all this satire and mockery, I found the two soldiers randomly delivering a speech about completely irrelevant things the funniest.
One soldier awkwardly marches over to the table of ladies and proceeds to explain his tragic childhood. Once he's finished, he leaves like it was a mission complete.
The other soldier arrives to deliver an urgent message to the Colonel who was sitting with his troop at a crash-in-dinner. The Colonel upon reading it, announces that the troop has to depart immediately and apologizes for the inconvenience. The message deliverer then whispers something to the Colonel and the Colonel…
Until Videodrome, this was the most Pynchonian film ever. Can you imagine what a straight Pynchon adaptation from Bunuel would have looked like?
I wanted to love this movie. I expected to love this movie. And in fact, there are plenty of things I do love about this movie, but it never comes together as a cohesive film, at least not enough for me to love it rather than liking it very much.
I don't mean that in terms of the plot - I don't need a spoon-feeding, and in fact there are some wonderful films where I don't really quite know what's going on - just a general feeling of...I don't want to say underwhelmed, because there's some great stuff happening in this film. More like just whelmed.
Hilarious and terrifying, mundane and profound, bewildering and thoroughly cogent from moment to moment.
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