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Several bourgeois friends planning to get together for dinner experience a succession of highly unusual occurrences that interfere with their expected dining enjoyment. Written by
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In his autobiography, _My Last Sigh_, Luis Buñuel said he had difficulty finding a title for the film. On the last day of writing the script, he came up with _A bas Lénine, ou la Vierge à l'écurie_ - Down with Lenin, or The Virgin in the Manger. Someone suggested _Le Charme de la Bourgeoisie_, and the adjective "discret" was eventually added. Buñuel said he and co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière never once thought of the word "bourgeoisie" while working on the screenplay. See more »
After Rafael gives the terrorist champagne, his position in the chair changes between shots. See more »
[Bishop Dufour is being introduced to the ambassador from Miranda]
I'm delighted to meet you. We have an important mission in Bogota.
Bogota is in Colombia.
That's right, Colombia. Sorry, I got mixed up. I've never been to Miranda, but I hear it is a magnificent country: the Great Cordillera, the pampas...
The pampas are in Argentina, monsignor.
The pampas. Of course. I should've known that. Recently I saw a book on Latin America. There were photos of your ancient pyramids.
Our pyramids? We have...
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Leave it to Luis Bunuel to hit the head of the nail like he did here. The style and mood created by this movie is immaculate. It is a satirical look at complete bedlam through the eyes of our meticulous & pedantic champions. His camera, dialog, settings - everything stays true to his bourgeois focal point. And nowhere do you ever see them or the camera frame lose their cool
even with the world in shambles at every turn. They simply walk through
this movie the way blind persons would a construction site.
I've heard it said many times that Bunuel made the bourgeois class enemy number one throughout his lifetime - that, and the catholic church, who also receives a fair share of ridicule in the picture. While this movie is more like a dark comedy there is also, I believe, a strong spiritual/philosophical/& moral whatever statement here: That the world and all its unanswerable/unknowable/ & unwatchable chaos can not be simply pushed aside. You can not brush off the dirt and consider yourself above or separate from it. You are part of the whole, and you are most likely viewed as an ass by 95% of the rest of us to consider yourself otherwise. That IS something to laugh at. Bunuel's life and work was a heroic statement against such an unlikely target. It's Bunuel's arsenal of genius versus the impenetrable ignorance of this giant. Bunuel begrudgingly makes them the protagonists, but betrays them ever so slyly. I love it - a masterpiece.
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