Tuesday, June 23, 2015

553. The Discreet Charm of Bourgeoisie

Le charme discret la bourgeoisie
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Directed by Luis Bunuel

We have had a string of terrible movies lately, which are every once in awhile interrupted by absolute masterpieces.  I guess that is the major theme of the seventies.  This is one of the gems, but don't worry.  Pink Flamingos is coming up which I am sure will restore order to the universe of horrible films.

A group of bourgeoisie friends try to get together several times for a meal.  However, bizarre circumstances, interrupted by many dream sequences, keep preventing them from doing so.

Why do I like this film so much?  I hated previous Bunuel work.  I still get freaked out thinking about what that man does with animals.  However, this movie is absolutely beautiful.  I have always loved stories that take place in dining rooms or plots that happen during any perfectly ordinary event, proving that someone doesn't have to be shooting at you or sleeping with you for life to happen.  Here we get to watch this group of people try to be ordinary in a world that is anything but.

The ending was a bit unsatisfying but I wouldn't expect anything else from Luis.

RATING: ****-

Interesting Facts:

John Landis' favorite film.


  1. I don't even know why I liked this movie...I think because it was so very strange. Good review!