DVD/Blu-ray: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (15)


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Luis Bunuel's absurdist and beautifully staged satire from 1972 centres on six conceited upper-middle-class pals who singularly fail to arrange a dinner party.

Instead they frolic in the bushes, trade in cocaine, shoot toy dogs belonging to terrorists and deride "commoners". The politics are a tad flimsy but this subversive drama oozes élan and the acting is impeccable, particularly from the elegant Delphine Seyrig and the louche Jean-Pierre Cassel. This surrealist masterpiece is also an obvious influence on Pedro Almodóvar.