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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (original title)
PG | | Comedy | 22 October 1972 (USA)
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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Trivia

Bulle Ogier recalled that Stéphane Audran (wearing Lagerfeld) and Delphine Seyrig (wearing Chanel) were engaged in an elegance contest. They asked Buñuel if he could give a close-up to the back décolletages of their dresses, a wish he was happy to grant in exchange for one bottle of champagne and one of whiskey. See more »

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After Rafael gives the terrorist champagne, his position in the chair changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[François Thévenot has unknowingly interrupted an illicit rendezvous between his wife and Rafael Acosta]
M. Thévenot: Coming home with me?
Simone Thévenot: Yes.
Rafael Acosta: No, no, wait. Let her stay just two minutes more. I must show her the sursiks.
M. Thévenot: What?
Rafael Acosta: The sursiks.
M. Thévenot: Ah, yes. I'll wait in the car.
Simone Thévenot: I'll come right away.
[François Thévenot leaves]
Simone Thévenot: What are sursiks?
[...]
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Incredible Charm of Surrealism
19 January 2006 | by Galina_movie_fanSee all my reviews

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.

9.5/10.


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Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

22 October 1972 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,432
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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