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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Details

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In typical Luis Buñuel fashion, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie surrealistically skewers the conventions of society. Buñuel applies his surrealist touch to a mundane event: a dinner party that may never come to pass. A group of well-to-do friends attempt to gather for a social evening, but are thwarted at every turn. The initial problem seems to be a simple scheduling mistake, but the obstacles become more and more bizarre. At one point, the guests are interrupted at the table by an army on maneuvers. Later they learn that they are merely characters in a stage play and so cannot have dinner together. These misadventures are combined with symbolic dreams of the various characters, some of which also involve interrupted dinners. Wicked social satire and one of Buñuel's funniest films. Winner of the Academy Award for "Best Foreign Film" in 1972. ~ John Voorhees, Rovi

  • Release date:September 15, 1972

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Stéphane Audran Best Actress 1973 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jean-Claude Carrière Best Original Screenplay 1972 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jean-Claude Carrière Best Screenplay 1973 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Luis Buñuel Best Director 1972 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Luis Buñuel Best Foreign Language Film 1972 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Luis Buñuel Best Original Screenplay 1972 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Luis Buñuel Best Screenplay 1973 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Luis Buñuel Best Picture 1973 Nominee

Cast

Fernando Rey
as Ambassador Raphael Acosta
Delphine Seyrig
as Simone
Stéphane Audran
as Alice Senechal
Jean-Pierre Cassel
as Senechal
Paul Frankeur
as Thevenot
Bulle Ogier
as Florence
François Maistre
as Delecluze, Superintendent of Police
Claude Piéplu
as Colonel
Julien Bertheau
as Bishop Dufour
Milena Vukotic
as Ines the Maid
Pierre Maguelon
as Police Sergeant
Michel Piccoli
as Home Secretary
Sebastien Floche
Luis Buñuel
Claude Jaeger
Christian Baltauss
Robert Le Beal
as Tailor
Ellen Bahl
Pierre Lary
Anne Marie Descott
Bernard Musson
as Servant
Amparo Soler Leal
Muni
as Peasant
Maxence Mailfort
Georges Douking
as Dying Gardener
Jean Degrave
Jacques Rispal

Crew

Luis Buñuel
Director
Serge Silberman
Producer
Luis Buñuel
Screenwriter
Jean-Claude Carrière
Screenwriter
Hélène Plemiannikov
Editor
Pierre Guffroy
Art Director
Guy Villette
Sound/Sound Designer
Pierre Lary
First Assistant Director
Fernande Hugi
Makeup
Odette Berroyer
Makeup
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