1001 Movies Club - Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The (1972)

#568. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

#553. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

Why It's In The Book: "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Luis Buñuel's comic masterpiece, about three well-to-do couples who try, but fail, to sit down and have a meal together, is perhaps the most perfectly achieved and executed of all his late French films. The film proceeds with diverse interruptions, digressions, and interpolations that identify the characters, their class, and their seeming indestructibility with the very processes of narrative illusion and narrative continuity. One thing that makes The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie as charming as it is, despite its radicalism, and helped Buñuel to win his only Oscar, is the perfect cast, many of whom bring along nearly mythic associations acquired in previous films. Thus Delphine Seyrig makes us think of Last Year At Marienbad (1961), Stéphane Audran summons up the high bourgeoisie of Claude Chabrol's middle period, Bulle Ogier's neurotic is like a light-comic version of the mad characters she played in L'Amour Fou (1969), and even Rey unmistakably calls to mind The French Connection (1971) when hr brandishes some cocaine. Shortly after the film was nominated for an Oscar, Buñuel was interviewed by reporters in a Mexican restaurant, and when they asked if he expected to win, his reply was immediate: "Of course. I've already paid the $25,000 they wanted. Americans may have their weaknesses, but they do keep their promises"." -1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Member Ratings

Michaël Parent - 10/10
"The uses of symbolism and camera techniques is really subtle and Buñuel doesn't need to slice the eye of a woman or get a cow in the bed of two lovers."

Kurosawa_Lover - 8/10
"In utilizing comedy to attack an upper class that is shallow and preoccupied with empty hyper-sexuality, Discreet Charms often closely resembles Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game (1939), as well as the films of Italian directors Michelangelo Antonioni and Federico Fellini. However, the madcap surreality of Buñuel's film makes it much more fun to watch than Antonioni's slow, often boring pretension and even manages to out-crazy Fellini's often carnival-like atmosphere"

Klaus Ming - 7/10
"Despite its surreal nature, this is one of Luis Buñuel's more accessible films on the 1001 list, and certainly his most comedic.."

Movie Guy Steve - 7/10
"As a shock, I liked this film, and I didn’t really expect to."

Squish - 7/10
"The hypocrisy of our characters is a pleasant constant, from a visiting bishop dressed as a gardener, called a liar and thrown out on his ear, to our characters mocking their servants as example of their own proper breeding."

Adolytsi - 6/10
"I’ll give it an extra point for being well-made, well-filmed, and a good example of surrealism, but this just makes me even more hesitant toward future Bunuel works that I know I’ll have to get to."

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

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