The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

  • Dir: Luis Buñuel

  • France, 1972, 105minmins

Three couples walk assemble for dinner… Director Luis Buñuel transmutes what could be the beginning of any story into a marvelous compendium of frustrations, digressions and dreams that evoke the complacency and entitlement of the upper middle-class. Plans collapse, locations conceal strange twists, sex and paranoia emerge, fantastic stories intervene and characters as diverse as the auteur’s fertile imagination could make them wander through the story: the soldier, the bishop, the revolutionary. A very different fairy tale combining vintage surrealism with the master’s sardonic visions of bourgeois society.


1973 Academy Awards, Best Foreign Language Film


    In-theatre Screening

    • 2016-06-04 (Sat)
      2016-06-26 (Sun)


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