Belle de jour

Director:   Luis Buñuel
Year:   1957
Language:   French
Time:   100 minutes

Director Buñuel began his film career with the silent cult classic, "Un Chien Andalou," co-written and produced with the surrealist painter Salvador Dali. Surrealism and the often bizarre nature of our inner lives inform many of his films. In "Belle de jour" Catherine Deneuve plays an emotionally cold woman. On the surface she is a model wife to her husband. Beneath she has a vivid erotic fantasy life which finds an outlet during afternoons in a brothel.

Rated R for sexual content.

Post-film discussion led by Dr. Rachel Ritterbusch, Associate Professor of English and Modern Languages at Shepherd University.


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