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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie(Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie)

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France

1972

Rated PG • 1h 41m

Director Luis Buñuel

Starring Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Paul Frankeur, Bulle Ogier

Genre Comedy

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A group of bourgeoisie friends continuously attempt to dine together but are never able to. They are repeatedly prevented from being able to dine together and become more and more frustrated as their vices and fears become exposed.

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Salon by Charles Taylor

This has to be one of the most completely realized comedies ever made, and, in its odd way, one of the most civilized.
90

L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

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.
100

Boston Globe by Jay Carr

Slly, sublime, buoyant mischief that is virtually without parallel in 20th-century art, much less 20th-century film.
67

Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

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.

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