Online Film Club: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

Online Film Club: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

Discussion in English; films streamable at links provided, in French with English subtitles


Saturday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event is ONLINE - zoom links will be emailed following registration

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For more information on the how/why of ciné-club, see the "about" section at the bottom of the page

Dinner parties are kind of inherently surreal, aren't they? Luis Buñuel certainly thinks so, but the dinner party at the center of his 1972 chef d'œuvre is even weirder than most. This week, Le Ciné-Club du Samedi takes a look at: 

 

THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE / LE CHARME DISCRET DE LA BOURGEOISIE (1972)

Streaming with Amazon Prime; available to rent on Youtube, iTunes, and Google Play.

In this dreamlike satire of wealth, pomp, and mighty social institutions, Luis Buñuel (Un chien andalou, L'Age d'or) brings his signature surrealism to the 70s at full force. A group of upper-class acquaintances assembles for a dinner party, but finds their soirée continuously interrupted by bizarre forces both real and imagined, including ghosts, terrorists, and impromptu theater. Will this hapless group of bon vivants ever touch their damn food? Let's talk about it! 

 

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ABOUT CINÉ CLUB:

La Vague Bizarre – Watching the weird stuff

Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French cult classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered. Join us for a laid-back, weekly discussion of classic films, as we explore the weirder side of the French canon. This ain’t your grandma’s Godard! (although I guess technically it could have been).


Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Monday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some historical context, potential discussion points to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Saturday at 2 PM to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. Since we’ll be having our meetings over zoom, the group size will be limited to 15 registrants. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, one of our culture interns. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.