The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie by Luis Buñuel

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Luis Buuel's movie The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie) (1972) has been recognized as a surrealist film and it received the Academy Award for the best foreign language film in the year 1972. The screenplay for the movie was written by the director in collaboration with Jean-Claude Carrire and it was produced in France with the dialogues in French and Spanish.


One of the most obvious features of the movie is its surrealist presentation of the important events. The movie is celebrated as a mocking and surrealistic political comedy masterpiece which deals with about a wealthy group of friends who cannot begin their elaborate dinner due to the ever more strange events surrounding them. It is most significant that Buuel applies his surrealist touch to a very commonplace event and makes it an occasion to mock at the social order of the day. There are several elements in the movie which contribute to its great success in theatre and the artistic as well as technical elements contributed to its success. "The movie is broken into self-contained sequences, showing the bland surface of polite society and the lusts that lurk beneath Bourgeoisie manners, Bunuel believes, are the flimsiest facade for our animal natures The film's narrative flow is cheerfully shattered by Bunuel's devices. As women have drinks in a garden cafe, a lieutenant walks over and begins a harrowing tale of childhood. We see his story in flashback Dreams fold within dreams, not because the characters are confused, but because Bunuel is amusing himself by using such obvious tricks." (Ebert, 2000). ...
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