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Belle de Jour

Directed by Luis Bunuel

France, 1967

HOME, 20 September 2017

Belle de Jour

The tale of a middle class woman, the wife of a doctor, who spends her afternoons as a prostitute, for reasons unbeknownst even to herself.

It is a classic foray into the dark forest, one of Bunuel’s lambent portrayals of the human comedy: all desire, destruction and idiosyncrasy. You can glean the influence of Sade, Breton, Bataille, Pierre Klossowski…

While not convulsive, Catherine Deneuve is cool and chaste and sublimely beautiful – a blonde who somehow escaped Hitchcock’s clutches.

Fantastical slumming.