Belle de jour

Belle de jour

Director: Luis Buñuel Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/17/2012
UPC: 0715515088817
Original Release: 1967
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 13,873

Special Features

Audio commentary featuring Michael Wood, author of the BFI Film Classics book Belle de Jour; New video piece featuring writer and sexual-politics activist Susie Bright and film scholar Linda Williams; New interview with screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière; Segment from the French television program Catherine Deneuve; Original and rerelease trailer; A booklet featuring an essay by critic Melissa Anderson and a 1970s interview with director Luis Buñel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Catherine Deneuve Severine Serizy
Jean Sorel Pierre Serizy
Michel Piccoli Henri Husson
Genevieve Page Madame Anais
Macha Meril Renee Fevret
Francisco Rabal Hyppolite
Pierre Clementi Marcel
Francis Blanche Monsieur Adolphe
Françoise Fabian Charlotte
Maria Latour Mathilde
Bernard Fresson Le Grêle
Georges Marchal The Duke
Muni Pallas
Claude Cerval Actor
Michel Charrel Footman
Iska Khan Asian client
Bernard Musson Majordomo
Marcel Charvey Professor Henri
François Maistre L'ensignant
Dominique Dandrieux Severine as a child
Marc Eyraud Barman
Brigitte Parmentier Severine as a child

Technical Credits
Luis Buñuel Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jean-Claude Carrière Screenwriter
Robert Clavel Art Director
Raymond Hakim Producer
Robert Hakim Producer
Louisette Hautecoeur Editor
Walter Spohr Editor
Sacha Vierny Cinematographer

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Belle de jour 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
KamKhaos More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
movieaddict More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although this movie may have a different feel to it, it was a unique film. I liked it. But different people aquire different tastes.