If a film gets the full number of points in the FILMSTARTS review, we automatically count it among the best films of all time — all too often our authors don’t give up the five stars. The fact that » The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie » by Luis Buñuel was not just a hit with us is shown by the average ratings on various review portals: 98 percent positive votes on Rotten Tomatoes and 93 out of 100 points on MetaCritic? There really isn’t much more that can be done. It is all the more regrettable that the surrealistic cinematic milestone never received the same attention in this country as it did in other parts of the world. That could change at least a bit with the new home cinema edition that is coming up soon — after all, one or the other film fan who is hearing about the biting social satire for the first time is probably reading this article.
In any case, anyone who believes that only Christopher Nolan made mindfuck socially acceptable in the cinema should definitely take a look at the work of Luis Buñuel . It drove moviegoers crazy almost 100 years ago (keyword: “ An Andalusian dog ”). One of his craziest, best-known and best films is celebrating a milestone birthday this year — and how could it be otherwise, it will be celebrated with a new edition in home cinema: For the 50th anniversary, «The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie» will be released on June 22, 2022 restored Restored in 4K for the first time on Ultra HD Blu-ray. At the same time, the film will also be reissued on Blu-ray including a revised version:
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In addition to optimized image and sound quality, the 50th Anniversary Edition is also equipped with bonus material worth mentioning. Among other things, there is a detailed scene analysis by film historian and Buñuel expert Charles Tesson on board — and with such a unique film that breaks with all conventions of narrative cinema, this can certainly bring insights that you can even get in the course of the madness potpourri can escape.
What awaits you in «The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie»
At the center of the film is ambassador Don Rafael ( Fernando Rey ), who wants to have a dinner together with his middle-class friends — Henri and Alice Sénéchal ( Jean-Pierre Cassel and Stéphane Audran ) as well as François and Simone Thévenot ( Paul Frankeur and Delphine Seyrig ). . But something always gets in the way, yes, it almost seems as if a higher power would have something against the illustrious group meeting for food and drink. Sometimes they get the date wrong, sometimes their sexual desires get in the way and then a special task force storms into the middle of the event…
Of course, we don’t want to withhold the brand new trailer released on the occasion of the upcoming 4K Blu-ray at this point — but at the same time warn: «The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie» is most fun when you know as little as possible about it in advance — provided you don’t mind if a film puts the rules of narrative cinema through the meat grinder , that you hear and see pass by. If you always want to know exactly where you are in a film, you might have problems with Buñuel’s masterpiece…
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