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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…
I cannot remember if I watched this one in Film School or not, but it was completely silly (in the best way)
i get it, but i still wouldn't call this film funny. grim and scathing, yes. funny, not a bit.
If I have any complaints about The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, it's that the scene of them walking down a road to nowhere seems a bit redundant. I feel like the rest of the film does a perfectly fine job at conveying everything that moment does.
I will say that this film may be the best I've ever seen at the actors not acting like they're in a comedy, which makes every joke land so much harder than it would otherwise. There's something so brilliant about them not even acting like they're in the correct movie as if everyone just wandered onto set and started filming.
While the film says a lot, none of it's subtle, so I don't…
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A film so dense with meaning that I never tire of seeing it, so I can discover what I missed the last time. While the initial target for Buñuel's satire might be the indolent bourgeoisie, it soon encompasses the Church, the military and pretty much anyone in authority.
Buñuel uses surrealism to illustrate this but also dreams and then dreams within dreams that open up like a Russian doll. There's also a great deal of humour in Jean-Claude Carrière's script as well as absurd situations that take this out of didactic cinema…
I do hope the bourgeoisie doesn't starve to death since their dinner always gets so regrettably interrupted.
I had a great time with this film.
Sometimes I thought i was seeing a piece of art.
Sometimes I thought it was like reading a book.
But, in the end, it was eating the whole cake
The best moments in this film involve guns. That may be the first and last time I say that about a picture.
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