The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
"Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie" (original title)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  22 October 1972 (USA)
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A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Frankeur ...
Bulle Ogier ...
Alice Sénéchal (as Stephane Audran)
Julien Bertheau ...
Maria Gabriella Maione ...
Claude Piéplu ...
Muni ...
Pierre Maguelon ...
Sgt de police
François Maistre ...
Ellen Bahl


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 Ed Cannon <>

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22 October 1972 (USA)  »

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$800,000 (estimated)

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$12,864 (USA) (12 May 2000)


$198,809 (USA) (1 December 2000)

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1.66 : 1
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The original title of the film was 'Bourgeois Enchantment'. See more »


After sending the terrorist out of his apartment, Rafael's position in the windows changes between shots. See more »


[the Senechals are preparing to make love. There is a knock at the door]
Henri Sénéchal: What is it?
Ines: The guests are here, sir.
Henri Sénéchal: Tell them we'll be down. Serve them drinks.
Alice Sénéchal: They can wait five minutes. Come on.
Henri Sénéchal: No, no, not here. We can't.
Alice Sénéchal: But why?
Henri Sénéchal: You scream too loud. You know it.
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Incredible Charm of Surrealism
19 January 2006 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

There are not many artists who could tell the same joke over and over again and get away with it creating the film as brilliant, funny, absurd, witty, and clever as Buñuel's "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie", 1972. The story of six friends who try to arrange and have a nice dinner together but cannot complete (or even start) their meal does not sound very exiting but wait until you watch this comedy. I've always known how interesting surrealism is but I never thought how funny it could be. I've seen the film four or five times - it only gets better with each viewing. Highly recommended.


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