The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie)
The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie) (1972)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 15, 1972
DVD Release Date: December 19, 2000
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

Josh Larsen

There is one clear target for Buñuel that crosses all ideological lines: hypocrisy

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Variety Staff

Luis Bunuel adds another fine film to his solid record with this surrealistically oriented tale of so-called bourgeois types.

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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

An absurdly comic assault on the meaningless social rituals and polite hypocrisies of the upper middle class.

Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The chic stylishness of the characters comes over as overbearing rather than satirically revealing.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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London Evening Standard

A wonderful cast, which includes Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig and Jean-Pierre Cassel, help Buñuel go about his anarchic mischief...

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A surrealist comedy of discreet humor that will probably not make you laugh as much as you will feel embarrassed for all of its petty bourgeois characters, and… More
Spencer S.
The mere title of this satiric view of the upper crust spells out Luis Bunuels surrealistic take on the subject of the rich and particularly petty: the… More
Aj V
If you have no sense of humor going into this, you wont get it at all. This film has a non-linear narrative where things just happen for the sole purpose of… More
Devon Bott
Combine the surrealism of David Lynch with the absurdism of Monty Python, and you get an approximation of this movie. There isn't really a plot here, but… More
Randy Tippy
Luis Buñuel is an acquired taste that I sometimes have trouble acquiring. His films can be a little cryptic and transcendent (or confusing and pompous -… More
Ken Stachnik
Fascinating, sometimes infuriating but always surreal masterwork by Bunuel.