Quick-Thoughts: Luis Buñuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

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You’re gonna try and tell me that this whole entire movie isn’t just a metaphor for cock-blocking? Or, hunger-blocking? 

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is one of those movies that you couldn’t really compare to any other feature-length. It seems to be absurdly independent within the soul psyche of its creator (Luis Buñuel) with not much influence surrounding it. This entire project, as I will conjecture, emulates Buñuel’s mind completely wandering off into a splurge of convictions. The structure, milieu, and characterizations are erratically handled to provoke variations of confusion amongst its audience. 

It partially works as a freaky satire because it masks its zaniness as something casual. It partially works as an assorted political stance because it doesn’t seem to have a specific one and is more of a mosh-pit of relevant ideas. It partially works as just a motion picture because it was technically recorded and released in cinemas, yet that doesn’t divert from the fact that it seems too blurred to even be called a methodical movie. All of this sort of piles up into a final product that is so unapparent of its very own existence that it ironically functions victoriously to its benefit. 

What I’ve just said may not make a whole lot of sense because describing The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is virtually an impossible task, but trust me, if you do see it, which I highly recommend you do, you’ll understand what I’m manically blabbering about. As for what the movie itself was thematically representing or aiming to accomplish, however, who knows for certain? Yet, that is the beauty of Buñuel: interpretations galore, coming right up! 

Verdict: A-

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“The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” is now available to stream on YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Prime, and The Criterion Channel. 

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