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Belle de Jour - Starring Catherine Deneuve, Michel Piccoli and Genevieve Page (Blu-ray - 2012) - [Blu-ray / Criterion Collection]

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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.

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

Technical Credits
Luis Buñuel Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Jean-Claude Carrière Screenwriter
Robert Clavel Art Director
Raymond Hakim Producer
Robert Hakim Producer
Louisette Hautecoeur Editor
Walter Spohr Editor
Sacha Vierny Cinematographer

Product Details
Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Michel Piccoli, Genevieve Page
Directors: Luis Bunuel
Format: NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: French
Subtitles: English
Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Criterion Collection
DVD Release Date: January 17, 2012
Run Time: 100 minutes

Features:
Audio commentary featuring Michael Wood, author of the BFI Film Classics book Belle de Jour; New video piece featuring writer and sexual-politics activist Susie Bright and film scholar Linda Williams; New interview with screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière; Segment from the French television program Catherine Deneuve; Original and rerelease trailer; A booklet featuring an essay by critic Melissa Anderson and a 1970s interview with director Luis Buñel

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