Belle de Jour

by Michael Wood

Published: January 2001
Publisher: BFI Publishing
Pages: 96
Paperback
ISBN: 9780851708232

       

Overview of Belle de Jour


This is an examination of Louis Bunuel's Belle de Jour, a piece about a bourgeoise wife who lives a secret afternoon life as a prostitute. The book examines the film and its reflections on truth, fiction and fantasy, and its social insight on the tale of a woman clearing her mind of its ghosts.

Synopsis of Belle de Jour

Séverine (Catherine Deneuve) is a listless haute bourgeoise wife with a secret afternoon life of prostitution. Her life twists repression and guilt together with uninhibited behavior, strangled libido with its liberated counterpart. Luis Buńuel's Belle de Jour (1967) inaugurates the extraordinary late phase of his work. The film shimmers with reflections on truth, fiction, and fantasy, in addition to caustic social insight, as it tells the story of a woman clearing her mind—perhaps—of its ghosts.

About the Author:
Michael Wood, Chair of the English department at Princeton University, is author of America in the Movies as well as books on Nabokov and Stendhal.

About the Author, Michael Wood

Michael Wood, Chair of the English department at Princeton University, is author of America in the Movies (Columbia University Press, 1989), as well as books on Nabokov and Stendhal.

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