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Director:
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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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Dinner Is Served See more (65 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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
 
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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 (Eastmancolor)
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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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Director Trademark: [Luis Buñuel] [insects]Cockroaches emerge out of the piano during the torture scene in prisonSee more »
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Continuity: After Rafael gives the terrorist champagne, his position in the chair 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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52 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Dinner Is Served, 12 April 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

Director Luis Bunuel is often described as a surrealist, but the word misapplied in reference to his later works, where the the term absurdism is much more appropriate. Such is the case with the Academy Award-winning THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE, which begins with four friends who arrive at their hosts' home only to discover they have arrived on the wrong night--a plausible situation. But before the film has run its course, Bunuel unravels his tale of a meal that never quite happens in the most unexpected ways imaginable.

The film works on several levels, mocking social conventions, the church, and eventually spilling its action into a series of overlapping nightmares in which various attempts to dine are frustrated by everything from the corpse of a restaurant manager in a nearby room to military maneuvers. On one memorable occasion, the friends are invited to dine and are seated around an elegant table--when a curtain suddenly rises behind them and reveals them to be seated on a stage before a hostile audience! The cast (which features Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Paul Frankeur, Bulle Ogier, Stephane Audran and Jean-Pierre Cassel as the constantly frustrated diners) plays with considerable aplomb, performing the most irrational scenes with a magnificent realism. When combined with Bunuel's absurdist story, the result is a disquieting yet often very funny discourse on frustrated appetites both real and imagined, and with many layers of incidental meaning along the way.

A word of caution to the uninitiated: Bunuel is not for those who seek a tidy plot line with clear-cut meanings. But if you come to it with an open mind, you'll find plenty of food for thought!

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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