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The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie

The Criterion Collection


4.0 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews

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In Luis Buñuel's deliciously satiric masterpiece, 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. Fernando Rey, Stéphane Audran, Delphine Seyring, and Jean-Pierre Cassel head the extraordinary cast of this 1972 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film. Criterion is proud to present The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie in an exclusive Special Edition Double-Disc Set.

What can be more enjoyable then a meal among friends and family? In Luis Buñuel's surrealistic comedy The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie it is this common ritual a sextet of upper-class friends repeatedly attempt, only to be obstructed by one obscure event after another. Masterfully balancing the dichotomy of class vs. debauchery Buñuel delivers a ripping critique of the upper class. It is clear from the beginning that the lives Buñuel’s Bourgeoisie are living are not what they seem. Eventually, their true colors begin to shine; not in actual actions but in haunting dreams. What is real and what lies in the subconscious becoming exceedingly blurry and in order to deliver his message, surrealism must take over. It is hard to pigeonhole Buñuel’s classic that won him the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film 1972: An absurd odyssey? A discreet satire? Not necessarily, but definitely charming. --Rob Bracco

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Special features

  • "El Naufrago De La Calle De La Providencia" ("The Survivor on the Street of Providence") 1970, 25 min. - A documentary on Bunuel by longtime friends Arturo Ripstein and Rafael Castanedo
  • Bunuel's recipe for the perfect martini
  • A proposito de Bunuel (Speaking of Buneul, 2000): a new 98-minute documentary on the life and work of Buneul by Jose Luis Lopez-Linares and Javier Rioyo

Product details

  • Actors: Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, José Sancho, Carlos Fuentes, Claudio Isaac
  • Directors: Luis Buñuel, Javier Rioyo, José Luis López-Linares
  • Writers: Jean-Claude Carrière, Luis Buñuel, Agustín Sánchez Vidal
  • Producers: Frida Torresblanco, Jorge Sánchez
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2002
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004Z1FM
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