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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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Release Date:
22 October 1972 (USA) See more »
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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  (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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102 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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Did You Know?

In an interview, John Landis confessed that this film is one of his favorites and that the "dreams within dreams" gag in An American Werewolf in London (1981) was heavily inspired by the plot of this film.See more »
Continuity: After Rafael gives the terrorist champagne, his position in the chair changes between shots.See more »
Rafael Acosta:Finally, if you think about it, the only solution to starvation and poverty is in the hands of the army. You'll realize it in Miranda, when you have to open your pretty thighs to an infantry battalion.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Cinema Goes to Dinner (2005) (TV)See more »


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22 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Incredible Charm of Surrealism, 19 January 2006
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

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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