The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

1972, PG, 100 min. Directed by Luis Buñuel. Starring Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Stephane Audran, Bulle Ogier, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Michel Piccoli.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Thu., Oct. 5, 2000

This Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film is also one of the most accessible works of this surrealist master, Luis Buñuel. A comic gem, Discreet Charm tells the story of a group of wealthy friends who repeatedly gather together for a meal, only to have their dining plans interrupted by some surreal event or another. It’s strange, wacky, funny, and tragic – and, on an incidental personal note, Discreet Charm is the movie that made me realize I was in love with movies.

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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Luis Buñuel, Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Stephane Audran, Bulle Ogier, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Michel Piccoli

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