The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Angela Molina, Fernando Rey, Franco Nero, Paul Frankeur, Jean Sorel, Delphine Seyrig, Catherine Deneuve, Jeanne Moreau, Monica Vitti, Carole Bouquet, Michel Piccoli, Michel Piccoli|
|Directors:||Luis Buñuel, Luis Bunuel|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
|Run time:||1 hour 42 minutes|
|Rental release:||16 Jul 2012|
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The bourgeoisie seem to talk sh*t... says BunuelBy a customer from Nottingham, England , 05 Dec 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Compared to earlier Bunuel films, 'The Discreet Charm...' is relatively cohesive. However, to expect any semblance of a real plot from the surrealist master is asking far too much.
It is best with Bunuel to simply sit back and let him take you where he will, and then see what pops into your head as a result. Social conventions are explicitly and absurdly overturned and questions are asked of the Church, high society and judicial systems. Bunuel evidently gets great satisfaction from poking fun at anything that crosses his path.
There is more than a mere hint of Bunuel's influence in Monty Python; you can always expect a good chuckle.
If you want to experience a more surreal film then look earlier in his oeuvre, at 'L'age d'Or', or the infamous 'Un chien Andalou'. If you want a little more plot and sense from your film, his most 'sensible' film is certainly 'Cet obscur objet du desir'.
This is an excellent film, with a satisfying balance of the ridiculous, the unexpected and amusing, satire, and social comment.
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One to Watch AgainBy Tish2 (158 reviews) from London , 16 Oct 2013Im really pleased that I have finally got around to seeing this film, as it has been on my wish list for quite sometime. Im not sure if it is worth my while trying to describe the plot as it is very detailed, but here goes nothing. The main character is Don Rafael (Fernando Rey) - the diplomatic ambassador for a corrupt republic called Miranda. Relationships between him and his group of friends are complicated, especially as he is having an affair with a colleague's wife, Simone (Delphine Seyrig); when the group try to meet up to eat or socialise they are always prevented from doing so by something going wrong. The movie is very funny, although at times it does lean towards the Brian Rix school of farce. I loved the scene in which the women meet up in the restaurant but everything they want to order is off the menu, likewise the insects falling on to the piano keys is also darkly funny. Bunuel uses humour as a critique of bourgeois values and he has so many targets in his sight line that no one is safe; including institutions such as religion, the military and the police. Perhaps this is one of the ways in which the film has dated slightly, as it is now more commonplace to mock these so-called sacred institutions; that and the fact that it features instruction on how to make a perfect dry martini. Interwoven with this are a number of involved dream sequences which add to the complexity of the plot, there is also a recurring motif of the characters walking through a barren landscape, begging the question - where are they going and what does it all mean? The artiness and the sonic experimentation of this movie are all things which contribute to its charm, and I definitely want to watch this and other films of his again.
Definitely charming!By hmibennett (59 reviews) from Thoralby, near Leyburn (North Yorks) , 10 Dec 2012Compared with some Bunuel films, this is a reasonably transparent offering, but none the worse for that. As expected, it plays with the conventions of cinematic narrative and shines a light on a certain sector of society in so doing. Overall, the tone is light - despite some darker moments - and it misses out on a five-star rating only because some of the 'comic' acting looks somewhat clunky in the present day. However, Stephane Audran and Fernando Rey in particular glide through the film with consummate professionalism. Highly recommended - not least if you have not seen any other Bunuel films.
Surreal FantasyBy buffyrules (367 reviews) from southend on sea , 09 Nov 2012First Bunuel film I've seen and did live up to my expectations. Despite being deaf at the time of filming he manages to convey a world that although dated has resonance today. Surrealism is not an easy genre and undoubtedly he was the master.
Past its sell by dateBy erp (67 reviews) from Manchester , 20 Oct 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]I thought this an elegantly made piece of fluff that may still have seemed subversively witty when it first came out but that lacks any kind of punch or point now and just wasted its fine acting talent. There was one fundamental joke - the gross disparity between the characters' manner and their actual behaviour - and although Bunuel was quite inventive in thinking up scenarios round this basic idea there was no real imaginative surprise after the first few minutes. Perhaps the film is a victim of its own success - perhaps it only seems so tame and predictable now because many other people have followed where it led - but my gut feeling is that it's just a tired piece of work by a master who could no longer add significantly to what he'd already done.
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Sarcasm and absurdity at their best...By rgdonaire (1 review) , 18 Sep 2012This film is pure sarcasm at its best. Great script, impecable characters and acting. It is an in depth look at the life of a group of aristocrats from France, with twists of comedy and absurdity, but with a clever criticism again some political and religious topics. You rarely see such films as this on recent years. I disagree with the other reviews. This is a gem of cinema.