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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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open up your ears and clean out your eyes 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)
Aspect Ratio:
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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Trivia:
Luis Buñuel is credited with creating the sound effects for this film; he was almost deaf at the time.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991)See more »

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43 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
open up your ears and clean out your eyes, 6 August 2001
Author: rogierr from Amsterdam, Netherlands

A satire on everyone who's too big for their boots (or secretly wants 2 B), because they will not achieve the aims they pursuit and are ultimately doomed to be separated from their privileges when they wake up to reality. The story may also come across as remote parody on The Last Supper, but from the bourgeois point of view (who never really get their supper), in contrast with 'Viridiana' (1961, Buñuel), where the poor and disabled DO get their Last Supper. But I don't know much about the bible, so I'm probably wrong about that. It proves though that you don't have to be pious to appreciate Buñuel's films; in fact, you'd better NOT be.

The 'adventure' of the protagonists is a proverbial sinking ship, because they seem to know what they want, but never reach their goal, which is quite simple and basic (to eat), because they're so caught up in supposed etiquette. They have all kinds of knowledge about manners and gestures, but they cannot sit down and eat. That is actually a fairly clear message: 'look before you leap' or 'behold the priorities of life'.

What's more indiscrete: drinking a martini the wrong way, or selling cocaine abusing your position as an ambassador and fooling around in the garden while you're having friends over for diner? And are you ultimately discrete simply because nobody discovers your subversive or criminal actions? These guys just can't control their carnal and financial lust, while complaining: 'No system can give the masses the proper social graces. But you know me, I'm not a reactionary.' Blah.

Cinematographer Edmond Richard (Le Procès (1963, Welles), Fantôme de la liberté, Cet obscur objet du désir) exhibits his excellent collaboration with Buñuel's visions. Buñuel tried before to make it easier for audiences to understand the imagery by incorporating it in a dream sequence (e.g. Tristana, 1970), but he returns here (as in Belle de Jour, 1967) to the early days (1930) where the dream sequences were just put forward as if they were reality. You'll never know what is a dream and what is real. As always, there is no music here to guide you, apart from the ringing church bells. Just open up your ears and clean out your eyes and you'll not be disappointed.

One last remark: the cover of the video is definitely one of the most applicable and distinctive covers (Ferracci) ever made, as is the cover of 'Fantôme de la liberté' (an odd-faced statue of liberty with a limp torch) by Jean-Paul Commandeur and the cover of 'Cet obscur objet du désir'. Buñuel didn't worry about the surrealism in his own life. He seemed to live in harmony with all his contradictions and hypocrisy.

10 points out of 10 :-)

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