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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (original title)
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A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together.

Director:

Luis Buñuel (as Luis Bunuel)

Writers:

Luis Buñuel (scenario) (as Luis Bunuel), Jean-Claude Carrière (with the collaboration of)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Rey ... Don Rafael Acosta
Paul Frankeur ... François Thévenot
Delphine Seyrig ... Simone Thévenot
Bulle Ogier ... Florence
Stéphane Audran ... Alice Sénéchal (as Stephane Audran)
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Henri Sénéchal
Julien Bertheau ... Monsignor Dufour
Milena Vukotic ... Ines
Maria Gabriella Maione ... Guerrilla
Claude Piéplu ... Colonel
Muni ... Peasant
Pierre Maguelon ... Police Sergeant
François Maistre François Maistre ... Inspector Delecluze
Michel Piccoli ... Interior Minister
Ellen Bahl Ellen Bahl
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Storyline

Several bourgeois friends planning to get together for dinner experience a succession of highly unusual occurrences that interfere with their expected dining enjoyment. Written by Ed Cannon <ecannon@mail.utexas.edu>

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Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language film 1973

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

22 October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,864, 14 May 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$198,809, 3 December 2000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview, co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière revealed he and Bunuel had a starting point for the story but then became stuck. After meeting with the Producer, Serge Silberman, Silberman gave them inspiration when he recounted a story of how he had run into two Brazilian friends in the streets of Paris. Silberman invited these friends to do dinner the following Tuesday, forgetting that he had another dinner that day. It happened so quickly the producer forgot to tell his wife. The two Brazilians and their wives turned up to the Silberman household on the Tuesday night after Mrs Silberman had eaten and settled down for the night, and was watching TV in her dressing gown when the doorbell rang. This real-life event was used in the film for a similar scene. See more »

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After sending the terrorist out of his apartment, Rafael's position in the windows changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Henri Sénéchal: Any news from Miranda?
Rafael Acosta: Yes.
Henri Sénéchal: The situation?
Rafael Acosta: Quite calm.
Henri Sénéchal: And the guerrillas?
Rafael Acosta: There are a few left. They are a part of our folklore.
Alice Sénéchal: You have problems with the students?
Rafael Acosta: Students are young. They must have some fun.
Simone Thévenot: How's your government treating them?
Rafael Acosta: We are not against the students, but what can you do with a room full of flies? You take a fly-swatter and Bang! Bang!
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surreal yes, but not all that interesting or funny
14 July 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an odd little film about some people who never do get to sit down to the meal they plan on having. A lot of weird and unexpected stuff intervenes--during which you learn a little more about the characters (particularly how unlikeable some of them are). The problem I had with the movie is this--it just wasn't very interesting and I repeatedly felt like turning it off because I found it more boring than compelling. Now this is not because of the surreal nature of the film--I have a relatively high tolerance for the strange and unconventional (just look at my glowing review for the VERY surreal Happiness of Katakuris). It's just that strange as it was, it just wasn't too interesting nor was it weird enough to make that great an impression. I know it puts me in a very small minority, but most of the Luis Buñuel films I have seen were not that compelling--odd yes, but not particularly interesting. About the only one I really liked was the sad film "Tristan".

UPDATE: I've seen most of the director's films since I wrote this review. I did find several (other than "Tristan") that I really did like. However, I still think he had about as many hits as misses and feel he was a bit overrated. But, films like "Robinson Crusoe" and "The Young One" are indeed exceptional films.


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