Luis Buñuel surrealistically skewers the conventions of polite society by applying his 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. 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. A wicked social satire and one of Buñuel’s funniest films.
This film is part of Comedy Genius, a nationwide season led by BFI, the Independent Cinema Office and BFI Film Audience network, supported by funds from the National Lottery. For more screenings go to bficomedy.co.uk.
Bunuel’s comic masterpiece is perhaps the most perfectly achieved and executed of all his late French films. JONATHAN ROSENBAUM