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The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie

The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie

Director:Luis Buñuel
Cast:Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Stéphane Audran, Jean-pierre Cassel, Paul Frankeur, Bulle Ogier
Release Date:2008

By Bret McCabe | Posted 4/2/2008

Classic, Comedy, Drama, Foreign

Spaniard Luis Buñuel may have had the best career twilight of any filmmaker ever. Sure, he and Salvador Dali raised a ruckus as enfants terribles with "Un Chien Andalou" and L'Age D'or in 1929 and 1930, respectively, but the movies that would come to represent Buñuel in top form--the 10 movies he crafted from 1961's Viridiana on--were made by a man over 60. And 1972's The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie may be his funniest and most baldly simple satirical blade. At a Parisian dinner party of upper-crusty Europeans, nothing goes right, from the drinks to the dessert. Well, make that from beginning to end if the meal could ever start--every time the party sits down, something goes ludicrously awry. The military shows up, curtains part to reveal the party onstage, the restaurant owner's corpse is in the next room, it's the wrong night, etc. Savagely witty and mirthfully anarchic, Charm won the 1973 Best Foreign Film Oscar and boasts one of the most gamely giddy casts in Buñuel's entire oeuvre.

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