The Modern School of Film’s founder, Robert Milazzo, leads an in-depth, active deconstruction and group-discussion.
This series was created with the cinephile in mind, to delve deeper in the art and craft of film. The active deconstruction format will allow for the instructor to stop the film at points and lead in depth discussions about the techniques being used in the film, as you watch it. Explore the depth and breadth of film as an art form and see films you love in a new way!
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
1972, Director: Luis Buñuel
In typical Luis Buñuel fashion, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie surrealistically skewers the conventions of society. Buñuel applies his surrealist touch to a mundane event: a dinner party that may never come to pass. A group of well-to-do friends attempt to gather for a social evening, but are thwarted at every turn. The initial problem seems to be a simple scheduling mistake, but the obstacles become more and more bizarre. At one point, the guests are interrupted at the table by an army on maneuvers. Later they learn that they are merely characters in a stage play and so cannot have dinner together. These misadventures are combined with symbolic dreams of the various characters, some of which also involve interrupted dinners. Wicked social satire and one of Buñuel’s funniest films. Winner of the Academy Award for “Best Foreign Film” in 1972.
Gather at Pharmacy before the screening for a cold beverage and pre-show discussion! There’s a table on reserve at 5 pm and beers are chillin! Rob Millazzo will be there to get the informal discussions kicked off before moving it to The Cary.