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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…
"Tell us about the train dream too!"
While I actually find this more unsettling than actually funny, it's still wicked enjoyable anyway. Can't say I found the Bourgeoisie very charming though--except for the one who looks like Kim Cattrall, she's endearing--they're sort of just slightly more charismatic Cronenberg creatures.
Favorite Bunuel to date (previous are Belle de Jour, The Exterminating Angels, and L'Age d'or), because the premise of friends trying and failing to have a meal together simultaneously restricts the characters to many delicious interactions, and frees the possibilities of situations so that the surrealism can run amok. I vaguely recognized a lot of satirical jabs (done pretty straight-faced) going on, but its general batshit surface are enjoyable enough on their own, with many playfully weird situations still making some kind of internal logic, that I am OK with letting its "meanings" slide for now.
Pure, simple fun. Bunuel openly mocks, with unbridled scorn the wealthy, duplicitous upper-middle class through a barrage of unreal sequences that unfold as dreams and socially awkward situations. Their incapability to dine coupled with their greedy, hypocritical nature shows them as they are; helpless yet conceited to the level of exaggeration. And while this may be an extreme view of the people, it is admittedly fun to watch them suffer.
A group of people assemble for dinner but the food turns out to be stage props and the dining room is the set of a play. It is later revealed to be a dream.
The ladies meet in a restaurant and after they order, the waiter intimates them how they've…
I'm not sure if I get any of it, but I love it. Surrealism and comedy molded into one.
Watched as part of Blind Spotting.
Really loved this, didn't understand why the film was so highly regarded towards the opening of the film other than the gorgeous camera work and beautiful set design then it all began to make sense...or not make sense. I don't think I was fully able to appreciate what the film was trying to say but I really enjoyed watching it. Highly Recommended if this has somehow slipped through the cracks in your cinematic catalogue.
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.
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