A collection of films by Spanish auteur Luis Buñuel. In 'The Diary
of a Chambermaid' (1964), Jeanne Moreau stars as Celestine, a
beautiful and sharp-witted young maid from Paris who arrives to
work on the rural Normandy estate of the wealthy Monsieur Rabour
(Jean Ozenne), his daughter Madame Monteil (Françoise Lugagne) and
her husband Monsieur Montiel (Michel Piccoli), soon becoming
conversant with the family's many quirks. A scathing commentary on
the fascism that was gaining ground in 1930s France underpins the
film, as Celestine realises that, despite their hypocrisy and moral
corruption, it is not her dim-witted bourgeois employers that pose
a threat so much as the scheming, Jew-hating upper servant Joseph
(Georges Géret), who rules the servants with intimidation and
colludes with his bourgeois employers to serve his own interests.
In 'Belle De Jour' (1967), a bored doctor's wife (Catherine
Deneuve) hears of a brothel operating near her home. Struck by a
sudden desire, she goes to the brothel and offers her services in
the afternoons. She encounters a wide range of characters,
eventually running into a friend of her husband... In 'Tristana'
(1970), Deneuve plays a young devout woman who goes to live with
her male guardian after her mother's death. His intentions towards
her are clearly more than fatherly, however, leading to an enforced
marriage and Tristana eventually fleeing to Madrid, when she falls
in love with a young artist. Years later, afflicted with a
life-threatening illness, she plots revenge against the man who had
stripped her of her innocence. In the surrealist satire 'The
Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie' (1972), well-to-do couple the
Thévenots (Paul Frankeur and Delphine Seyrig), accompany M.
Thévenot's colleague Rafael Acosta (Fernando Rey) and Mme.
Thévenot's sister Florence (Bulle Ogier), to the house of Henri and
Alice Sénéchal (Jean-Pierre Cassel and Stéphane Audran), who are
hosting a dinner party. So begins a series of increasingly bizarre
episodes and surreal dream sequences as the diners, over the course
of the following days, find themselves repeatedly frustrated in
their attempts at eating out. In 'That Obscure Object of Desire'
(1977), Mathieu (Fernando Rey), a widowed French businessman,
becomes obsessed with a Spanish girl named Conchita (Carole Bouquet
and Ángela Molina). She claims to feel the same for him but
nevertheless continually frustrates the realisation of his desire.
Meanwhile, in the background, a series of terrorist bomb attacks
are carried out by the Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus. The
dream-like, plotless comedy 'The Phantom of Liberty' (1974) begins
with a man who falls in love with a statue during the Napoleonic
wars and then moves to the modern day, where we meet a man
distributing pornographic postcards (actually just pictures of
public monuments), a young girl who has disappeared but who
nevertheless helps the police as they prepare to search for her,
and a group of dinner party guests who sit on toilets around a
large dining table and then politely excuse themselves when they
need to go outside and eat. Finally, the allegorical tale 'The
Milky Way' (1969) follows two tramps as they undertake a pilgrimage
from Paris to Compostello, Spain. Along the way they meet a
prostitute, the devil, the Virgin Mary, the Marquis de Sade and
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