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    The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

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    The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Poster

    Released

    1972

    Runtime

    101

    The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

    What's it About

    This witty, surrealistic comedy of manners, tracks the constantly thwarted efforts of a group of upper-crust Parisian friends — Francois and Simone Thevenot (Frankeur and Seyrig), Simone's bibulous sister Florence (Ogier), stately Henri and Alice Senechal (Cassel and Audran), and Don Raphael (Rey), a coke-trafficking Latin American ambassador — to have a civilized dinner without interruption.

    Why we love it

    One of the Spanish master's funniest films, the Oscar-winning "Charm" gleefully savages the manners and mores of the upper crust, employing bizarre plotlines and fanciful farce to attack the well-heeled scions of respectable society as vain, decadent, elitist, and thoroughly amoral. Rey, Seyrig, and new wave icon Ogier head the stellar ensemble cast, with Julien Bertheau standing out as a pompous, not-so-holy bishop. Buñuel's dream-within-a-dream sequences, which involve ghosts, terrorists, and sundry other characters, are simply brilliant, and bring this sublime, extended joke to the verge of divine absurdity.