The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

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In Brief: If you’ve never seen a Luis Buñuel film, it’s high time you did, and this 1972 Oscar winner about six middle-class people and their interrupted efforts to have a meal together is a good place to start. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is more accessible than some of Buñuel’s work and might just change your mind about the whole concept of “art films” and surrealism as something incomprehensible or dry. Whatever else this film is, it’s anything but dry. Buñuel had the happy knack for mixing straight-up surrealism with a theater-of-the-absurd sensibility — and more than a little self-mockery — to make something unique in cinema. He made surrealism fun. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke, published on April 5, 2006.
Genre: Surreal Comedy Fantasy
Director: Luis Buñuel
Starring: Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Stéphane Audran, Paul Frankeur, Bulle Ogier
Rated: R

Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie on Friday, Jan. 11, at the new Flood Gallery location in Black Mountain, 850 Blue Ridge Road, Unit A-13, Black Mountain.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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