Monday, 16 November 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 337: Thu Dec 3

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Bunuel, 1972): ICA Cinema, 6.40pm

This film is part of the Luis Bunuel season at the ICA. Full details here.

This screening features a panel discussion on the spectre of terrorism in Buñuel's films with speakers including Ian Christie, Anniversary Professor of Film and Media History, Birkbeck, Julian Gutierrez-Albilla, professor at the University of Southern California and Ryan Gilbey, film critic for The New Statesman and The Guardian.

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 (and above) is the trailer.

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