When [The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie] had been nominated for an Oscar, four Mexican reporters tracked us down at El Paular, where we were already at work on another project. During lunch, they asked if I thought I was going to win that Oscar.

“Of course,” I replied between bites. “I’ve already paid the twenty-five thousand dollars they wanted. Americans may have their weaknesses, but they do keep their promises.”

A few days later, headlines in Mexico City announced that I’d bought the Oscar. Los Angeles was scandalized; telexes poured in; Silberman flew over in a rage from Paris. I assured him it was all a joke, but it took quite a while for the dust to settle. Ironically, the film did win an Oscar three weeks later.

Luis Buñuel (above, in disguise, with the Oscar.)

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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Luis Bunel
This was a very strange and interesting film. it’s a bunch of high class french people that want to sit down and have a meal, but different things always keep them from enjoying it. It gets surrealistic at times which i guess is to be expected of Bunel. I enjoyed watching it mainly because i could sort of understand most of what they were saying. and it made me feel smart. Recommended.