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Belle de Jour (1967)

Belle de jour (original title)
R | | Drama | 10 April 1968 (USA)
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A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute.

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(as Luis Bunuel)

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(novel) (as Joseph Kessel de l'Académie Française), (adaptation) (as Luis Bunuel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Séverine Serizy / Belle de Jour
... Pierre Serizy
... Henri Husson
... Madame Anais
... Marcel (as Pierre Clementi)
... Charlotte
... Renee (as Macha Meril)
Muni ... Pallas
... Mathilde
Claude Cerval
Michel Charrel ... Footman
Iska Khan ... Asian client
Bernard Musson ... Majordomo
Marcel Charvey ... Prof. Henri
François Maistre ... L'enseignant
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Storyline

Severine is a beautiful young woman married to a doctor. She loves her husband dearly, but cannot bring herself to be physically intimate with him. She indulges instead in vivid, kinky, erotic fantasies to entertain her sexual desires. Eventually she becomes a prostitute, working in a brothel in the afternoons while remaining chaste in her marriage. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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Luis Bunuel's Masterpiece of Erotica!

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Release Date:

10 April 1968 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,462, 25 March 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,331, 19 April 2018
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Before the film was released, Luis Buñuel was pressured to make some cuts for the censors, which he later came to regret. "The Hakims told me, 'By letting the censors cut one thing, you keep them from cutting even more,'" said Buñuel. He was especially bothered to have to cut the scene between Séverine and the Duke (Georges Marchal). Originally, the scene had Séverine lying in a coffin in a private chapel after a Mass with a "splendid" copy of one of Grünewald's Christ paintings clearly visible on the wall. "The suppression of the Mass," he said, "completely changes the character of this scene." The scene, he said, "had more value with the painting of the Grünewald Christ, which is the most terrible image of Christ...It was painted in a ferociously realistic style. This image was important because it prepared the audience for the next scene." An edited version of the scene stayed in the film, but to Buñuel, it lacked the same impact without the original imagery. See more »

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When Severine goes to Duke's house to participate in a ceremony she is wearing a brown coat. When Majordomo kicks her out in the street later, he throws her completely different black cloak. See more »

Quotes

Madame Anais: I have an idea. Would you like to be called "Belle de Jour"?
Séverine Serizy: Belle de Jour?
Madame Anais: Since you only come in the afternoons.
Séverine Serizy: If you wish.
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The gap between fantasy and reality in female desire…
25 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

Deneuve plays Séverine Serizy, a bored middle-class woman who never slept with her handsome husband Pierre (Jean Sorel). She eventually adopts a double life on weekday afternoons as a hooker… Here she explores the depths of her desires with her amazing sexual inhibitions… Although the film resolves around her goings-on at a high-class brothel, real nudity and sex are never shown…

"Belle de Jour" may seem one of the most mysterious, poetic, and provoking films ever made… Producing a body of work unparalleled in its wealth of meaning and its ability to surprise and shock, Buñuel leads us into a new world arousing wonder and astonishment, depravity and pleasure, weird and entertaining…


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