This has to be one of the most completely realized comedies ever made, and, in its odd way, one of the most civilized.
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Movies don't come more original, inventive, or outlandishly entertaining.
A classic of subversive surrealism.
In the nearly 30 years since the movie was released (it won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1972), one forgets how falling-about-funny is this mad caper.
A brilliant surrealistic joke about a group of friends whose attempts to dine are continually thwarted.
One of the best titles in movie history and a cast to match.
Slly, sublime, buoyant mischief that is virtually without parallel in 20th-century art, much less 20th-century film.
Far from seeming dated, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie seems timelier than ever, downright prophetic, for that matter.
It seems pompous and scattershot now -- a tweaking of privileged European smugness that unfolds with a playful daisy-chain logic but has the tone of a quaint, doddering lecture.
If there's a granddaddy of breezy situationalism, it's probably Buñuel.