Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie: A group of upper-middle class couples are constantly interrupted in their attempts to have a dinner party. Consists of several linked scenes and dream sequences, in the characteristic manner of Luis Buñuel.
Absurdist, strange and surreal, with a dominant use of dream logic. However, the film is in fact a commentary and satire – on religion, the bourgeois lifestyle and, most importantly, hypocrisy – in terms of that of the Western civilization, the wealthy classes of society, religion, politics and people in general.
Fine cinematography from Edmond Richard. Written in collaboration with Jean-Claude Carrière. The Discreet Charm received the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and a nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Produced in France and in the French language, with small parts of the dialogue in Spanish.
A mandatory viewing and a great introduction piece to Buñuel’s work. Many sequences and themes were inspired by recurring dreams that Buñuel experienced.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Cast: Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Paul Frankeur, Bulle Ogier, Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Cassel