Thursday, 28 June 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 181: Fri June 29

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Bunuel, 1972):
BFI Southbank, 2,30, 6.10 & 8.30pm
This celebrated film's re-release is getting an extended run at BFI Southbank. Details here.

Chicago Reader review:
'Luis Bunuel's 1972 comic masterpiece, about three well-to-do couples who try and fail to have a meal together, is perhaps the most perfectly achieved and executed of all his late French films. The film proceeds by diverse interruptions, digressions, and interpolations (including dreams and tales within tales) that, interestingly enough, identify the characters, their class, and their seeming indestructibility with narrative itself. One of the things that makes this film as charming as it is, despite its radicalism, and helped Bunuel win his only Oscar is the perfect cast, many of whom bring along nearly mythic associations acquired in previous French films. Frightening, funny, profound, and mysterious.'
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Here is the trailer.

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