Belle de jourDirector: Luis Buñuel
Belle de Jour dramatizes the collision between depravity and elegance, one of the favorite themes of director Luis Buñuel. Catherine Deneuve stars as a wealthy but bored newlywed, eager to taste life to the fullest. She seemingly gets her wish early in the film when she is kidnapped, tied to a tree, and whipped. It turns out that this is only a daydream, but her subsequent visits to a neighboring brothel, where she offers her services, certainly seem to be real. This illusion
eality dichotomy extends to the final scenes, in which we are offered two possible endings. Thanks to a question of copyright and ownership, Belle de Jour disappeared from view shortly after its 1967 release, not even resurfacing on videotape. When it was reissued theatrically in 1994, many critics placed the perplexing but mesmerizing film on their lists of that year's best films.
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- Walt Disney Video
Cast & Crew
|Catherine Deneuve||Severine Serizy|
|Jean Sorel||Pierre Serizy|
|Michel Piccoli||Henri Husson|
|Genevieve Page||Madame Anais|
|Macha Meril||Renee Fevret|
|Francis Blanche||Monsieur Adolphe|
|Bernard Fresson||Le Grêle|
|Georges Marchal||The Duke|
|Iska Khan||Asian client|
|Marcel Charvey||Professor Henri|
|Dominique Dandrieux||Severine as a child|
|Brigitte Parmentier||Severine as a child|
|Robert Clavel||Art Director|
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Belle de Jour is often hailed as Buñuel's erotic masterpiece, but I don't consider it very erotic. It's simply a great film. No pigeonholing required. It is also a whore film which, you understand, may not be for everyone. But it is the best whore film ever made or at least neck and neck with Seijun Suzuki's Gate of Flesh in that regard.
I expected this to be a raunchy, blatantly erotic film. Boy was I surprised! Catherine Deneuve ( who is one of my favorite actresses) plays the part of Severine with such perfection. Any other actress would have been just wrong for the film. Superb!!
I didn't know quite what to expect, but I enjoyed it. It definitely has a foreign feel to it, so if you don't like foreign films --which don't always necessarily have happy endings like American movies-- it probably isn't for you. Catherine Deneuve is gorgeous and her character is vivid. It's s good film--not a movie, which is made for the masses. This is a film; it makes you think.
Although this movie may have a different feel to it, it was a unique film. I liked it. But different people aquire different tastes.