Film: The Discreet Charm of The Bourgeoisie
Directed by: Luis Buñuel
Duration: 1 hr 40 mins
Considered to be one of the greatest film makers of all time and certainly the master of surrealism in cinema, Luis Buñuel made this film towards the end of his career and it won the Oscar for the Best Foreign Film in 1973 and was nominated for Best Screenplay. In fact it was a bigger hit at the the box office than Belle de Jour. The story if one can call it that, is as simple as it can get. A group of people from a certain strata of the society sit down for dinner which always gets interrupted. In Buñuel’s world, anything can happen and the reasons can be analysed in a number of ways.
‘Comedy’ would be a very loose way of categorizing the film but as Roger Ebert says, “Buñuel’s film are comedies in one way or another, but he doesn’t go for gags and punch lines; his comedy is more like a dig in the ribs, sly and painful.”
Cinephile Film Club,
Near Panjim Market,