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Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie / Le Charme Discret De La Bourgeoisie

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  Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie  / Le Charme Discret De La Bourgeoisie Review
Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
9.00 /10
Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Stephane Audran
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Directed by: Luis Bunuel
Written by: Luis Bunuel, Jean-Claude Carriere

Released: 1972
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: France/ Spain/ Italy
Length: 105

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"The unique creation of a director who at 72 has never been more fully in control of his talents, as a filmmaker, a moralist, social critic and humorist... Don't miss it."
(Vincent Canby, New York Times)
"Masterpiece... the first great French film of the 70's... For all its mordancy [it] is surprisingly good-natured. The old hatreds have mellowed - the sadistic anarchist of L'Age d'Or has tempered to a savant entomologist."
(Elliott Stein, Financial Times)
"I haven't said what the film is about... I don't know. But I really don't care, either... A poem should not mean, but be... and if ever there was a film poem, this is it."
(Richard Roud, Guardian)
"A perfect synthesis of surreal wit and blistering social assault."
(Jan Dawson, MFB)
“Bunuel's savage and blisteringly funny demonstration of the power of appetite to exceed consumption, with six imperturbably elegant bourgeois surviving artistic and physical annihilation in their relentless pursuit of an elusive dinner.”
(Sight and Sound)
“Fernando Rey unloading smuggled heroin from his diplomatic pouch is a hip reference to The French Connection, and much of the rest of the film works as a parody of icons and stances in modern cinema. Florence’s neuroticism - as evidenced by her loathing of cellos and her “Euclid complex” - lampoons Ogier’s role in L’Amour Fou; Audran’s stiff elegance and country house hark back to La Femme Infidele; while Seyrig’s frozen, irrelevant smiles on every occasion are a comic variation of her ambiguous Marienbad expressions.”
(Jonathan Rosenbaum)

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