48- The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie [7.0]
An upper-class sextet sits down to dinner but never eats, their attempts continually thwarted by a vaudevillian mixture of events both actual and imagined.
Do you know those dreams you have in which you attempt to speak but can’t get out a word? For the rich folks in Luis Buñuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, their re-occurring nightmare is having society’s lower classes and issues get in the way of their cherished dinner parties. No stone is left unturned in Bourgeoisie, as everything from Vietnam to an odd bishop gets touched on. Though Buñuel is doing biting, humorous satire here, I found the surreal film to be occasionally bleak, especially with the lack of score. The nightmare he portrays is that of a class which freely dabbles in hypocrisy while never learning anything of consequence, nor having to deal with any sort of consequences.