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Director:
Writers:
Luis Buñuel (scenario)
Jean-Claude Carrière (in collaboration with)
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Release Date:
22 October 1972 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 9 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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An incisive satire on social mores and class hypocracy See more (66 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fernando Rey ... Don Rafael Acosta
Paul Frankeur ... M. Thévenot

Delphine Seyrig ... Simone Thévenot
Bulle Ogier ... Florence

Stéphane Audran ... Alice Sénéchal (as Stephane Audran)

Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Henri Sénéchal
Julien Bertheau ... Mgr Dufour
Milena Vukotic ... Ines
Maria Gabriella Maione ... Guerilla
Claude Piéplu ... Colonel
Muni ... Peasant
Pierre Maguelon ... Sgt de police
François Maistre ... Delecluze

Michel Piccoli ... Ministre
Ellen Bahl
Christian Baltauss
Olivier Bauchet
Robert Benoît
Anne-Marie Deschodt
Jean-Michel Dhermay (as Michel Dhermay)
Georges Douking ... Jardinier
Jean Degrave
Sébastien Floche
François Guilloteau
Claude Jaeger
Jean-Claude Jarry
Pierre Lary
Robert Le Béal ... Couturier (as Robert Le Beal)
Alix Mahieux
Bernard Musson ... Serveur
Maxence Mailfort ... Sergent qui raconte ses rêves
Robert Party
Jean Revel
Jacques Rispal ... Un gendarme
Amparo Soler Leal (as Amparo Soler-Leal)
Diane Vernon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Madeleine Bouchez ... Une cliente du salon de thé (uncredited)
Roger Caccia ... Le pianiste du salon de thé (uncredited)

Directed by
Luis Buñuel  (as Luis Bunuel)
 
Writing credits
Luis Buñuel (scenario) (as Luis Bunuel)

Jean-Claude Carrière (in collaboration with)

Produced by
Serge Silberman .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Edmond Richard 
 
Film Editing by
Hélène Plemiannikov 
 
Production Design by
Pierre Guffroy 
 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Guyot 
 
Makeup Department
Odette Berroyer .... makeup artist
Fernande Hugi .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jean Lara .... unit manager
Ulrich Picard .... production manager (as Ully Pickard)
Jean-Jacques Schpoliansky .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arnie Gelbart .... assistant director
Pierre Lary .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Albert Rajau .... assistant art director
François Suné .... property master (as François Sune)
 
Sound Department
Daniel Brisseau .... sound assistant
Luis Buñuel .... sound effects (as Luis Bunuel)
Jacques Carrère .... sound mixer (as Jacques Carrere)
Jacqueline Porel .... recording technician (as J. Porel)
Claude Villand .... assistant sound mixer
Guy Villette .... sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
André Clément .... assistant camera
Alain Herpe .... assistant camera
Yves Manciet .... still photographer
René Menuset .... key grip
Bernard Noisette .... camera operator
Marcel Policard .... chief electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Olympe Watelle .... assistant costumer
 
Editorial Department
Gina Pignier .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Jacqueline Dudilleux .... administrator
Suzanne Durrenberger .... script girl
Pierre Lefait .... location manager
Jacqueline Oblin .... accountant
Jean Revel .... assistant location manager
Marie-Jane Ruel .... production secretary
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
102 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp (DVD rating) | Argentina:16 (original rating) | Australia:PG | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Finland:K-12 (2013) | Finland:K-16 (1973) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (f)
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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: After sending the terrorist out of his apartment, Rafael's position in the windows changes between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Referenced in Settling the Score (2006) (V)See more »

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36 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
An incisive satire on social mores and class hypocracy, 11 May 2004
Author: ilpositionokb (silverlion03@yahoo.com) from Merced, Ca

"The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie", a leisurely paced, incisive satire on social mores and class hypocrisy, opens with a group of friends arriving on the wrong day of a dinner engagement. this is only the begining of a succession of unexpected and unusual events to follow. The dinner party is the movie's main setting and it is there that reality and illusion often times blend imperceptibly together. The film is structured as a series of surreal sequences, which prompted esteemed film critic Pauline Kael to opine 'His(Director Louis Bunuel) indifference to dramatic logic is complete.' And how. Bunuel's narrative plays an elaborate game with the viewer through it's subconscious imagery and audacious use of time. His tendency to experiment with technique and form often times led to discovery and innovation. The cinema of Louis Bunuel invariably deals with the discrepancy between appearance and reality; decorum and desire. His world view was subversive and anarchistic. He was a cheerful pessimist, skeptical but not susceptible to Bergmanian despair. His skepticism extended to all of those he found playing too neat a social game. The filmmaker's career was one sustained assault on authoritarianism. Witness an indiscreet character in the film who claims: 'No one system can help the masses acquire refinement.' He believed man was, unconsciously, a slave to custom and aimed to shock viewers out of their unthinking acceptance of established values. "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie"(An Academy Award winner in 1972 for Best Foreign Film) is a boldly inventive picture. Dozens of frames are filled with clever filmic devices: environmental noises increase inordinately during routine conversations; an ambiguous procession is inserted freely within the text. These cinematic ploys add intrigue to the already peculiar goings-on. The walk by the main group of characters along a country roadside is mysterious and compelling. The players are noticeably silent and contemplative. Is this an anxious dream? The afterlife? An insignificant flashback? Whichever, the recurring sequence underscores the obliqueness and cool obscurity of the film. One might not identify closely with the disenchanted Bunuelian sensibility or the unsentimental stance he takes, however one knows immediately and unmistakably that they are in the gifted hands of a film technician like a Godard or Kurosawa. A director in complete control of his medium. A highly personal filmmaker frequently referred as 'a poet of hallucination who follows the caprices of his fantastical imagination.' Someone whose fanciful paths of creation were invariably led by the irrational. "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie", with it's arresting mixture of calculation and carelessness, remains a unique and influential movie. The acerbic films of Robert Altman and the perverse mischievousness of the Coen brothers films, to mention but a few, pay a large debt to the strange universe and unconventional perspective of Louis Bunuel. Film lovers uninitiated in surrealist cinema will find "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" an alluring and beguiling crash course.

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