The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Widescreen) (The Criterion Collection) [Import]
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In Luis Buñuel's deliciously satiric masterpiece, an upper-class sextet sits down to dinner but never eats, their attempts continually thwarted by a vaudevillian mixture of events both actual and imagined. Fernando Rey, Stéphane Audran, Delphine Seyring, and Jean-Pierre Cassel head the extraordinary cast of this 1972 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film. Criterion is proud to present The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie in an exclusive Special Edition Double-Disc Set.
What can be more enjoyable then a meal among friends and family? In Luis Buñuel's surrealistic comedy The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie it is this common ritual a sextet of upper-class friends repeatedly attempt, only to be obstructed by one obscure event after another. Masterfully balancing the dichotomy of class vs. debauchery Buñuel delivers a ripping critique of the upper class. It is clear from the beginning that the lives Buñuels Bourgeoisie are living are not what they seem. Eventually, their true colors begin to shine; not in actual actions but in haunting dreams. What is real and what lies in the subconscious becoming exceedingly blurry and in order to deliver his message, surrealism must take over. It is hard to pigeonhole Buñuels classic that won him the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film 1972: An absurd odyssey? A discreet satire? Not necessarily, but definitely charming. --Rob BraccoSee all Product Description
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The film is always enjoyable and there are funny bits of business interpersed throughout - I enjoyed the tedious moralizing of one self-satisfied stuffed shift who complains that the army is being ruined by drugs, all the while he's an associate in the illegal drug trade. The film won't offend anyone the way "Viridiana" or "Belle de Jour" still might but that's another way of saying that it doesn't have those films' ferocious provocative power either. In other words, it's merely wonderful rather than breathtaking.
Still, Criterion has created another top drawer DVD package. Not only is the film's transfer superb (it looks like it was just released yesterday) but there's very good documentary on the second disc outlining the main features of Bunuel's career. (A second, lesser, documentary appears on the first disc).Read more ›
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Every educated person should see Bunuel's mouvies. They are classic now.Published 15 months ago by bb
Great film at a great price. Although this is definitely not a film for every taste... if you enjoy Bunuel's irreverent humor and surreal touches and have not seen this one yet... Read morePublished on May 22 2013 by nobody
C'est un excellent film de Bunuel. On s'amuse tout le temps. Chaque scène est bien faite. L'image et le son sont bonnes mais, malheureusement il n'y a pas des... Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2012 by Cardo
Le film est fantastique... le prix est ridiculement élevé. Il y a des compagnies qui produisent des rééditions de films obscurs avec autant de soins... Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2008 by Jean-Pierre Malo
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, under its original title "Le Charme discret de la... Read more
I'd like to be able to say that I was blown away by this film. It is after all one of bunel's most famous and most loved. But I wasn't. It was fun. It was quirky. Very odd. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2004 by Philip D. Worfel
Lois Bunuel at his best ! Few people trying to have some lunch ?! But everything goes wrong ... One of the smartest and funniest films , I've ever seen . Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2002 by Vlad
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, one of Bunel's most popular films, is a great one! I love the acting, the satirical elements, and playfulness of the film. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2001
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