Boy did I have fun watching this. A wonderfully sharp and playful satire of the elitist lifestyle, pretty much completely ridiculing it. The surrealistic touch has been mixed in properly to enrichen the experience, without leaving a trace of the sense of style inconsistency. Most of all the humor is just top-notch! It's wonderfully cynical, dry and subtle. Fantastic film.
Als ich den Film in meinen Jugendjahren sah, hat er mich in meiner Ablehnung der lächerlichen und schamlosen Rituale der Bourgeoisie bestärkt. Heute wirkt er auf mich in seiner Kritik harmlos, wenn nicht gar verharmlosend. Aus dem diskreten Charme der Herrschenden ist heute unverholene Arroganz geworden. Und wie damals sind Macht und Verbrechen unlösbar miteinander verwoben, nur auf monströsere Art.
I'm not sure if I just didn't understand this movie or if it is indeed overrated. It has its funny and entertaining moments but mostly strikes the surreal and intellectual chords - they are running from one failed dinner to the next with mysterious (bad people might say arbitrary) scenes in between.
Entertaining watch, but far from my favorite Buñuel. Within the playground the filmmaker likes to explore, I find Belle de Jour and Exterminating Angel to be much more accomplished films. Still, it's always a pleasure observing an actor like Fernando Rey portray smugness in such a delightfully satiric fashion.
Impressive what can happen when snobs with eyes only for food gets interrupted all the time and have meaningless paranoid dreams. Absurd and hilarious surreal movie that may be hard to absorb after just one viewing. Needs many viewings to really be appreciated as it is fun with a lot of small details to analyze.
An ingenious and diachronic anarchic essay on the bourgeois (eternal) recurrence of the same in the politics of physical space. The stasis of the bourgeois home is the flipside to the bourgeoisie's road to nowhere. Both movements are tail-chasing indulgence, charming in its skillful complicity. An institutional explosion from one of cinema's gardener of guiltless bourgeois souls. Impeccably acted this speaks volumes!