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Belle de Jour Details

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Belle de Jour dramatizes the collision between depravity and elegance, one of the favorite themes of director Luis Buñuel. Catherine Deneuve stars as a wealthy but bored newlywed, eager to taste life to the fullest. She seemingly gets her wish early in the film when she is kidnapped, tied to a tree, and gang-raped. It turns out that this is only a daydream, but her subsequent visits to a neighboring brothel, where she offers her services, certainly seem to be real. This illusion/reality dichotomy extends to the final scenes, in which we are offered two possible endings. Thanks to a question of copyright and ownership, Belle de Jour disappeared from view shortly after its 1967 release, not even resurfacing on videotape. When it was reissued theatrically in 1994, many critics placed the perplexing but mesmerizing film on their lists of that year's best films. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 10, 1967

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Luis Buñuel Golden Lion 1967 Winner

Cast

Catherine Deneuve
as Séverine Serizy
Jean Sorel
as Pierre Serizy
Michel Piccoli
as Henri Husson
Geneviève Page
as Madame Anais
Francisco Rabal
as Hyppolite
Macha Meril
as Renee Fevret
Pierre Clémenti
as Marcel
Francis Blanche
as Monsieur Adolphe
Françoise Fabian
as Charlotte
Maria Latour
as Mathilde
Marcel Charvey
as Professor Henri
Marc Eyraud
as Barman
Michel Charrel
as Footman
Dominique Dandrieux
as Severine as a child
François Maistre
as L'ensignant
Brigitte Parmentier
as Severine as a child
Muni
as Pallas
Bernard Fresson
as Le Grêle
Georges Marchal
as The Duke
Claude Cerval
Iska Khan
as Asian client
Bernard Musson
as Majordomo

Crew

Luis Buñuel
Director
Luis Buñuel
Producer
Raymond Hakim
Producer
Robert Hakim
Producer
Jean-Claude Carrière
Screenwriter
Joseph Kessel
Book Author
Luis Buñuel
Screenwriter
Sacha Vierny
Cinematographer
Walter Spohr
Editor
Louisette Hautecoeur
Editor
Robert Clavel
Art Director
Yves Saint Laurent
Costume/Wardrobe
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