Donnerstag, 1. Juni 2023, 20 Uhr
Marie Rebecchi (Aix-en-Provence)
Film Surréaliste: The Indiscreet Charm of Disgust
Present in Buñuel‘s films from L’ÂGE D’OR (1930) on, the relations between disgust, perversion and food begin to appear increasingly in the 1960s, when the director shot VIRIDIANA (1961). In the film, the iconographic structure of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper was perverted: Buñuel repeated the arrangement of the apostles, but replaced them with a brutal group of irate beggars and lepers. In the 1970s the themes of disgust, excess, perversion and pleasure taken to fatal extremes became increasingly frequent in European cinema. Like Bertolucci’s LAST TANGO IN PARIS (1972) and Marco Ferreri’s LA GRANDE BOUFFE (1973), Buñuel’s THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE (1972) sublimates and replaces the occurrence of the event itself. The dinner planned by the characters is constantly postponed by a series of blunders, while also constantly evoked through the discussion of the various dishes and drinks that are to be consumed by a group of perverse and corrupt bourgeois (like the unforgettable comments on how to make a dry Martini, or on drinking red wine with fish).
Marie Rebecchi is associate professor in aesthetics and film history at the Université de Aix-Marseille and author of the book Paris 1929. Eisenstein, Bataille, Buñuel.
Vortrag in englischer Sprache
Film: LE CHARME DISCRET DE LA BOURGEOISIE (FR/IT 1972, 101 Min.)
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