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The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie

4

Mr Sandman send me a dream without it being interrupted by dinner.

Although not Luis Bunuel at his very best (it lacks the bite of earlier eviscerations of polite society like The Exterminating Angel) this 1972 Oscar winner still finds the Spanish surrealist wielding a mean scalpel as six dinner-party guests are constantly frustrated in their search for the promised meal.

The third of his six team-ups with scripter Jean-Claude Carrière, it weaves games of dream and reality as the sextet wander through increasingly absurd set-ups. patriarchal authority and polite social rituals are slyly undermined, and the cast play it impeccably.

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