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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie -- In Luis Bunuel's satiric, Oscar-winning masterpiece, an upper-class sextet sits down to dinner but never eats, their attempts continually thwarted by a vaudevillian mixture of events both actual and imagined.

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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 »
User Reviews:
Bunuel's towering achievement. See more (68 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 ... Lt. Hubert de Rochcahin
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) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) | South Korea:15 (TV rating) (2015) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (f)
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Trivia:
The movie includes three of Buñuel's recurring dreams: a dream of being on stage and forgetting his lines, a dream of meeting his dead cousin in the street and following him into a house full of cobwebs, and a dream of waking up to see his dead parents staring at him.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Rafael gives the terrorist champagne, his position in the chair changes between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[Bishop Dufour is being introduced to the ambassador from Miranda]
Bishop Dufour:I'm delighted to meet you. We have an important mission in Bogota.
Rafael Acosta:Bogota is in Colombia.
Bishop Dufour: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...
Rafael Acosta:The pampas are in Argentina, monsignor.
Bishop Dufour:The pampas. Of course. I should've known that. Recently I saw a book on Latin America. There were photos of your ancient pyramids.
Rafael Acosta:Our pyramids? We have no pyramids in Miranda. Mexico and Guatemala have pyramids. We don't.
[...]
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Referenced in Metropolitan (1990)See more »

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33 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Bunuel's towering achievement., 26 June 2005
Author: dbdumonteil

Bunuel's career was one of the most sensational you could dream of.At least ten of his movies are among my favorites and ten others are not far behind.

Once he said :" when I was young and I was watching the sky and saying :"it's beautiful up there and there's nothing;now,I simply say :"it's beautiful"Atheism had turned into agnosticism.Perhaps so,but Bunuel's favorite targets are still here.The bishop and the army are here to stay;they already were in "l'âge d'or" (1930)

"DIscreet charm" is a comprehensive work :it includes almost everything that made Bunuel the genius every cine buff loves ;his permanent features are all included: these bourgeois walking on an endless road are the same who were locked up in the house in "el angel exterminador";Rabal trying to catch one more peace of meat is like the men who were fighting for water in "el angel" .THe selfishness of the bourgeoisie is given a stunning treatment:the impossibility to get a good meal .Bunuel explodes certitudes and he explodes different genres.One of them is the light comedy with its adulteries,its mistaken identities and its contretemps.and if the message is not clear enough,one of the scenes shows the characters on a stage!Another one is the horror and fantasy film : the young boy's mother asking him to kill his father (who is actually not his parent);and most of all the soldier's dream which could provide the substance for at least a whole movie.

Dreamlike sequences are Bunuel's forte .He has sometimes been equaled (André Delvaux:"un soir un train" ) but never surpassed: just think of Pablo's dream in "los olvidados" ;the Christ on the electric wires in "cela s'appelle l'aurore" ;Séverine's fantasies in "Belle de Jour" ;Rey's head as a bell clapper in "Tristana".But in "discreet charm" Bunuel seems to connect all the links of the chain and his film becomes a tapestry of Bayeux where dreams and reality follow naturally. "I dreamed ,Thevenot says,that Senechal dreamed that he was on a stage and ..." It' s "Jacob's ladder" twenty years before that later movie appears.

It's also a political movie,but not a work for highbrows .What he did not fully achieved with the spotty "la fièvre monte à El Pao" ,and the more interesting "death in the garden" ,Bunuel pulls it off with gusto here.The republic (sic) of Miranda whose ambassador is none other than Rey is ,even if we never see it , depicted in minute lavish detail .Unlike highbrows like Godard who deals out his lecture on Mao in "la chinoise" ,Luis Bunuel remains accessible to everybody:we laugh and we laugh a lot when we discover the harsh realities of Miranda Land which has no pyramids ,but has Nazis and poverty.Actually it's not that much funny.

A word about the cast;it's perfect:Rey is wonderful as a drug trafficker ambassador who is always afraid to be slain ;Stephane Audran and Jean-Pierre Cassel had teamed up two years before in another attack against bourgeoisie ,Chabrol's "la rupture" ;Bulle Ogier,for once,forgets her usual parts who give the non-intellectual terrible headaches and manages to stay very natural;Claude Piéplu and his inimitable voice (make sure you hear his voice:nobody can dub him successfully) portrays a colorful colonel who tells the ambassador home truth and literally invades Audran's house with his staff and has lunch with the guests (a meal where the bourgeois,the Church and the Army eat together is something to watch).But for me the stand-out is feminist Delphine Seyrig,with her beaming face,her preciosity and her sweet stupidity.

To say that "discreet charm" is a masterpiece is to state the obvious.Maybe Bunuel's tour de force lies in the fact that even in reality,strange things happen and the characters do not seem to be surprised and shocked.... as long as their privileges are not called into question.If you should only see one Bunuel film,you had to choose this one.But if you like it,treasures are waiting for you.

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