Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Buñuel's Food Satire

A preoccupation with food, and discussions on food is a marking trait of the bourgeoise. Nobody understood better than Buñuel that food isn't just nourishment but an external symbol of attitudes of a society.

Virtually every movie he made included vicious satire on the strange relationship between the two. Needless to say, the food was always deliciously filmed.

The best scenes in the oeuvre:

  • The Exterminating Angel
    Magnificent dinner scene with the waiter stumbling. Revealed as "modernist theater". Slow devolution of civilized society into animalistic eaters. Bonus scene: the lamb.
  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise
    Food, pretension, death; more food, more pretension, more death; embarassment while eating, dying while eating, embarassed dying while eating.
  • Viridiana
    The beggars enacting The Last Supper. Photograph taken by the beggarwoman with her "winking" pudendum. Banned by the Church. Need the CC say more?
  • 1 comment:

    Flamire said...

    Loved the dinner potty in "Phantom of Liberty," too.