Three Films by Luis Bunuel is a collection of films from the prolific director and includes The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), The Phantom of Liberty (1974) and That Obscure Object of Desire (1977).
Three Films by Luis Bunuel
— The Criterion Collection —
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
The Phantom of Liberty
That Obscure Object of Desire
The Criterion Collection | NR – 101 min. / 103 min. / 104 min. – $99.95 | January 5, 2020
Date Published: 01/08/2021 | Author: The Movieman
The Criterion Collection provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) — The ambassador of the Latin American republic of Miranda (FERNANDO REY), M. Thevenot (PAUL FRANKEUR), his wife Simone (DELPHINE SEYRIG) and her sister Florence (BULLE OGIER) arrive for a dinner party at the house of Alice Sénéchal (STEPHANE AUDRAN) and her husband Henri (Jean-Pierre Cassel), only to learn that they were mistaken about the date. In director Luis Buñuel’s surreal fantasy, the six bourgeois friends repeatedly gather for a dinner that never quite arrives.
The Phantom of Liberty (1974) — This Surrealist Spanish film, with a title referencing the Communist Manifesto, strings together short incidents based on the life of director Luis Buñuel. Presented as chance encounters, these loosely related, intersecting situations, all without a consistent protagonist, reach from the 19th century to the 1970s. Touching briefly on subjects such as execution, pedophilia, incest, and sex, the film features an array of characters, including a sick father and incompetent police officers.
That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) — After dumping a bucket of water on a beautiful young woman from the window of a train car, wealthy Frenchman Mathieu (FERNANDO REY), regales his fellow passengers with the story of the dysfunctional relationship between himself and the young woman in question, a fiery 19-year-old flamenco dancer named Conchita (played alternately by CAROLE BOSQUET and ANGELA MOLINA). What follows is a tale of cruelty, depravity and lies — the very building blocks of love.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 4/5
This 3-disc collection are each housed in their own fold-out digipak, the first one contains a removable 56-page booklet. For those interested, the collection numbers on these are 102, 290 and 143 respectively.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie:
The Phantom of Liberty:
That Obscure Object of Desire:
VIDEO – 4/5
|Per the notes in the booklet, all three films are presented in their original 1.66 aspect ratio. Each are a new digital transfer culled from the original 35mm interpositives. No mention what restoration work was done, but by my eye, these movies look quite good and I imagine never looked better. Detail is sharp throughout and while colors aren’t exactly vibrant, they do seem in keeping with the 1970s time period and I prefer the natural state rather than it being artificially boosted.|
AUDIO – 4/5
|Similar to the video, the audio for all three films were taken from their original 35mm magnetic track and presented here in PCM Mono. Given, save for a few scenes here and there, is mostly dialogue and as such, it comes across the center channel with good clarity.|
Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.