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Belle de Jour [DVD] [Criterion Collection]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • An exquisite tale of self-discovery and tragic passion, Luis Bunuel's 1967 BELLE DE JOUR is one of the crowning achievements of the director's brilliant career. Famous for giddily manipulating audiences in order to make his point, Bunuel boldly blurs the line between fantasy and reality once again. It is this gleeful mischievousness that makes BELLE DE JOUR such a classic. Catherine Deneuve's performance reaffirms her status as one of world cinema's most electrifying actresses.

    Based on Joseph Kessel's 1928 novel, the film follows a recently married French housewife, Severine (Deneuve), as she is overcome by a wash of uncontainable erotic passions. After a brutal gang rape turns out to be mere fantasy, Severine finds herself in a nearby brothel acting out a series of sexual acts. At night, she returns home to her loving husband, Pierre (Jean Sorel), who is unaware of the double life that she is leading--or is she, really?
  • Credits
    Catherine Deneuve,Catherine Dorlac,Jean Sorel,Genevieve Page,Genevive Page,Michel Piccoli,Jacques Piccoli,Macha Meril,Francisco Rabal,Pierre Clementi
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[Buuel's] last, great push as an artist..." - Recommended

    "...The times have finally caught up with Buuel's brilliant deadpan comedy of erotic liberation..." -- Rating: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...It is possibly the best-known erotic film of modern times, perhaps the best....The film is elegantly mounted..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...This elegant dream-or-reality exercise was the biggest hit of Bunuel's half-century career....It's a sly and deliciously stylish parlor game..."
    USA Today

    "...[The] film look as glossy and chic as a lifestyle-magazine photo-feature sprung to life..."
    Sight and Sound

    5 stars out of 5 -- "A cult hit upon release....The film itself remains fresh and vital..."
    Total Film

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