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#568. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie)

  • Year: 1972
  • Country: France/Italy/Spain
  • Language: French/Spanish
  • Production: Dean, Greenwich, Jet, 105m
  • Director: Luis Buñuel
  • Producer: Serge Silberman
  • Screenplay: Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carrière
  • Photography: Edmond Richard
  • Cast: Fernando Rey, Paul Frankeur, Delphine Seyrig, Stèphane Audran, Bulle Ogier, Jean-Pierre Cassel
  • Oscar Wins: Best Foreign Language Film
  • Oscar Noms: Best Screenplay

Abridged Book Description

Luis Buñuel's comic masterpiece, about three well-to-do couples who try, but fail, to sit down and have a meal together, is perhaps the most perfectly achieved and executed of all his late French films... Shortly after this film was nominated for an Oscar, Buñuel was interviewed by reporters in a Mexican restaurant, and when they asked if he expected to win, his reply was immediate: "Of course. I've already paid the $25,000 they wanted. Americans may have their weaknesses, but they do keep their promises."