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Belle de jour

Luis Buñuel

 
Belle de jour (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1967
  • 100 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #593

Catherine Deneuve’s porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress’s most iconic roles: Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her after­noon hours working in a bordello. This surreal and erotic late-sixties daydream from provocateur for the ages Luis Buñuel is an examination of desire and fetishistic pleasure (its characters’ and its viewers’), as well as a gently absurdist take on contemporary social mores and class divisions. Fantasy and reality commingle in this burst of cinematic transgression, which was one of Buñuel’s biggest hits.

Cast

Séverine Serizy (Belle de jour)Catherine Deneuve
Pierre SerizyJean Sorel
Henri HussonMichel Piccoli
Madame AnaïsGeneviéve Page
MarcelPierre Clémenti
CharlotteFrançoise Fabian
RenéeMacha Méril
PallasMuni
MathildeMaria Latour
InspectorClaude Cerval
FootmanMichel Charrel
HippolyteFrancisco Rabal
DukeGeorges Marchal
Monsieur AdolpheFrancis Blanche

Credits

DirectorLuis Buñuel
From the novel byJoseph Kessel
Adaptation and dialogueLuis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carrière
Director of photographySacha Vierny
Production designerRobert Clavel
EditorLouisette Hautecœur
SoundRené Longuet
CostumesHélène Nourry
ProducerRaymond Hakim and Robert Hakim

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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 Cinéma, featuring interviews with Carrière and actress Catherine Deneuve
  • Original and rerelease trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Melissa Anderson and a 1970s interview with director Luis Buñuel

    New cover by David Downton

Film Essays

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Belle de jour: Tough Love

By Melissa AndersonJanuary 17, 2012

“I felt they showed more of me than they’d said they were going to,” Catherine Deneuve . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

XOXO

February 14, 2014


Photo Galleries

The Oldest Profession

January 31, 2012


Press Notes

Press Notes: Belle de jour

January 26, 2012

“One of the great French films of the 1960s, Belle de jour is a masterful blend of fantasy and . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries

10 Things I Learned: Belle de jour

By Issa ClubbJanuary 25, 2012


Film Essays

Belle_de_jour_essay_image_thumbnail

Belle de jour: Tough Love

By Melissa AndersonJanuary 17, 2012

“I felt they showed more of me than they’d said they were going to,” Catherine Deneuve . . . Read more »


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