BELLE DE JOUR
Director: Luis Buñuel Run Time: 101 min. Release Year: 1967 Language: French
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Geneviève Page, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli, Pierre Clémenti
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.