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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…
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- Don Rafael Acosta
My experience with Luis Buñuel so far has been quite a mixed bag. I'm not sure whether it's because I tire easily of his constant sardonic denouncement of the bourgeoisie and organised religion, or if it's simply something such as his scripts. Either way, there have been films of his that I've enjoyed and those that I haven't.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is a series of vignettes telling us of the constantly interrupted attempts of a group of six-middle class people trying to dine together. Although they seem unconnected there are common threads between them all as well as some continuing sub-plots. And it is a fun…
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.
Buñuel is GOD. Muchas gracias por todo, Maestro!
Fabulous film about the ladies who lunch, or in this case TRIES to lunch and dine with their friends and husbands, without any success; each attempt to eat is thwarted by incidents of death, sex, love, violence, politics, dreams and surrealism.
Simultaneously absurd, poetic, thought-provocing and wildly entertaining.
Second time watching this, truly genius.
Double feature: La grande bouffe
or Babette'e feast
Another gem from Bunuel - can't believe I'm only now discovering his work. Crafty and absurd, with a playfulness that might bite.
This is an interesting film. The plot is pretty basic you have a group of friends that are having a dinner party together. Throughout the film they are prevented from having dinner through various obstacles most of them are pretty hilarious and others tragic. This is a film that has several dream sequences and at times it is hard to discern what is real and what is a dream. The characters in the film are upper class and spend a lot of time looking down at the working class. Probably one of the better french films i have seen and in the end this is a film that you can watch multiple times and pick up on new things with each viewing.
At the one hour mark I was dissappointed by the lack of crazy (that is by Buñuel standards).
Well, that changed. Thank god Buñuel's filmography exists, no filmmaker fills me with more joy by just making truly unique and puzzling films.
There they are, the Bourgeouisie, flitting between dinner parties and surrealist nightmares, whilst putting down the working man and smuggling a little coke on the side. A master filmmaker: whatever it means.
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