Cinema: Dinner for Six

THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE Directed by LUIS BUUEL Screenplay by LUIS BUNUEL and JEAN-CLAUDE CARRIERS

In The Exterminating Angel, Luis Bunuel, master of perverse magic and weaver of surreal spells, conjured up a dinner party that no one could leave. The guests were prisoners, not of the hosts or even of the house itself, but of each other, trapped by their own free will—victims, finally, of their own fantasies. It was a furious, scalding film, one of Bunuel's darkest and most unsparing.

Ten years later, this new film, his 29th, uses a device reminiscent of The Exterminating Angel....