Belle De Jour [1967] [Criterion] (BLU)

Luis Bunuel

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Synopsis

In French with English subtitles. 

 

Catherine Deneuve's porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in the actress’s most iconic role: 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 isan 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.

Product Details

  • Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Michel Piccoli, Jean Sorel
  • Format: Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 2100

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 Carriere Segment from the French television program Cinema featuring interviews with Carriere and actress Catherine Deneuve
  • Original and rerelease trailers
  • Booklet featuring an essay by critic Melissa Anderson and a 1970s interview with director Luis Bunuel
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