The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie)
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The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie)
In typical Luis Buñuel fashion, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie surrealistically skewers the conventions of society. Buñuel applies his surrealist touch to a mundane event: a dinner party that may never come to pass. A group of well-to-do friends attempt to gather for a social evening, but are thwarted at every turn. The initial problem seems to be a simple scheduling mistake, but the obstacles become more and more bizarre. At one point, the guests are interrupted at the table by an army on maneuvers. Later they learn that they are merely characters in a stage play and so cannot have… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Luis Buñuel's 1972 comic masterpiece, about three well-to-do couples who try and fail to have a meal together, is perhaps the most perfectly achieved and executed of all his late French films."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Take a look again at its dream sequences, especially the nocturnal one involving the young man in the side street, and you will see a master disturber still at work."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Dreams nest within other dreams like so many Chinese puzzle boxes, while no dream belongs exclusively to a single dreamer, as though Buñuel were toying with the Jungian notion of the collective unconscious."
‑ Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine
"Fate conspires to prevent six French eminences from eating dinner in this remastered print of Buñuel's gigglesome, troubling Surrealist tract."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"This is more than just a scathing satire on the political, religious and military representatives of the ruling elite. Ever the surrealist, Buñuel is also paying tribute to the poise and resilience of the very people he spent his whole career attacking."
‑ Tom Dawson, The List
"Luis Bunuel adds another fine film to his solid record with this surrealistically oriented tale of so-called bourgeois types."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"An absurdly comic assault on the meaningless social rituals and polite hypocrisies of the upper middle class."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"A wonderful cast, which includes Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig and Jean-Pierre Cassel, help Buñuel go about his anarchic mischief..."
‑ , This is London
"It weaves games of dream and reality as the sextet wander through increasingly absurd set-ups. patriarchal authority and polite social rituals are slyly undermined, and the cast play it impeccably."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Buñuel doesn't just ridicule, he pokes and prods at his dubious subjects with a gleeful delight. Such priceless cynical joy you won't find anywhere else."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The chic stylishness of the characters comes over as overbearing rather than satirically revealing."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Most of the films of Luis Bunuel are comedies in one way or another, but he doesn't go for gags and punch lines; his comedy is more like a dig in the ribs, sly and painful."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An exotic and brilliant hothouse flower of a film."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Manages to be totally surreal yet totally approachable. Quite amazing."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"It's all too familiar Buñuel and lacks the bite of some of his earlier and sharper edged films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews