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6,133 Ratings

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie

Directed by Luis Buñuel
France, 1972
Comedy, Fantasy


Master surrealist director Luis Buñuel’s satire follows the exploits of a group of bourgeois friends whose attempts to have a sophisticated dinner with one another seems to be constantly foiled by the most bizarre of circumstances.

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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Directed by Luis Buñuel

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1973 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

1973 | Nominee: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced

The allusions to corrupt Latin American regimes and leftist terrorist cells suggest a certain political anger, but that anger is tempered by Buñuel’s unaccountably genial depiction of the filthy rich characters.
October 12, 2018
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Watching this for the first time took every muscle in my appreciation mechanism. The satire is sharp, the tone startling, the humor cathartic.
July 18, 2018
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There is no tedium in this continual anti-narrative acquiescence, even if we, too, temper our prospects and welcome irrational contradictions, deceptions, and a stream-of-conscious coordination of defeated momentum. Instead, we marvel at the clever capriciousness and the humorous inventiveness.
February 22, 2018
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