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Belle de jour

Spine #593

Jan 17, 2012

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • French PCM Mono
  • English subtitles

Belle de jour

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Directed By: Luis Buñuel
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli
Licensor: Plaza Productions International

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The porcelain perfection of Catherine Deneuve (Repulsion) hides a cracked interior in the actress's most iconic role: Séverine, a chilly Paris housewife by night, a bordello prostitute by day. This surreal and erotic late-sixties daydream from provocateur for the ages Luis Buñuel (Viridiana) 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.

  • 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
  • Excerpt from the French television program Cinéma, featuring interviews with Carrière and actress Catherine Deneuve
  • Original and American release trailers


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