Okay, as long as I am safely concealed by a pseudonym, I'll ask: what
in the world is this film about? I saw this Luis Bunuel comedy when
it was new, in the early 70's, and I figured I was just too young and
naive then to make much sense of it.
Here's how Netflix bills it:
In Luis Bunuel's deliciously satiric, Oscar-winning masterpiece, an
upper-class sextet sits down to dinner but never eats, their attempts
continually thwarted by a vaudevillian mixture of events both actual
and imagined. Perhaps his greatest film, Bunuel's absurdist view of
the upper class is a timeless satire about consumerism and class
privilege in a late capitalist world.
I rented this film and watched it again last night, and guess
what–thirty years' increase in maturity and experience have not cured
my inability to make something of this movie. Sure, I got the part
about life's being constantly and unpredictably interrupted by death,
but what (I am asking) the heck?
So let's see an interpretation that not only tells me what it means
(or doesn't mean) but, in the best lit-class expository-theme fashion,
actually proves its points by reference to the particulars of the film
I just saw. Or is this just a variant of the emperor's new
clothes–nobody actually wants to admit that there's nothing there?