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Belle De Jour [DVD] [1967] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Catherine Deneuve , Jean Sorel , Luis Buñuel    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli, Geneviève Page, Pierre Clémenti
  • Directors: Luis Buñuel
  • Writers: Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carrière, Joseph Kessel
  • Producers: Raymond Hakim, Robert Hakim
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jan 2002
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKP9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,338 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Belle. 1 Mar 2007
Belle De Jour is perhaps Bunuel's most accessible film, yet strangely has the most vivid dream/fantasy sequences. While the plot sounds outlandish and unlikely, Catherine Deneuve's Severine makes a convincing transition from frigid, confused housewife to whore and temptress who delights in living her sexual fantasies, and strangely becomes closer to her husband as a result.

For a film set in a brothel, it's quite discreet when it comes to sex, and most of the 'action' is implied, though Bunuel takes full advantage of the opportunity to portray the fetishism of some of the clients, himself a foot fetishist.

An ambitious and ultimately successful film which would still be controversial (and would still eclipse most contemporary cinema) were it released today.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic by Bunuel and starring Deneuve 31 July 2007
Severine (Catherine Deneuve) is newly wed to a successful, young, handsome Parisian doctor, Pierre (Jean Sorel). He loves her deeply, but yearns for her to express her love in more sexual ways. Severine is chaste in her marriage, but her fantasy life is vivid and encompassing. She moves from reserve to abandonment in her mind, and we find ourselves involved in her life and her fantasies. She learns of a place where well-to-do, bored young wives play at being prostitutes. She's drawn to the idea and finally begins a hidden life from her husband, but only from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. She becomes Belle de Jour. She finds a need for released sexuality, and for humiliation and masochism. One of her clients is a young, tough hood with steel teeth, a sword cane and brutal manners. She's drawn to him, but who is using whom? She pulls back, and a confrontation may or may not be conclusive. Is it real, or another fantasy?

This is a great Bunuel film, sexual, serious, satirical. It's all about what's going on in Severine's head, and the erotic sexual life she lives. And its about sexual fantasies, most of which appear absurd when looked at. While Severine's story is fascinating, there is much of Bunuel's typical love of fetish at what he shows. The movie opens with Severine and Pierre taking a horse-drawn carriage ride into the country. The bells on the carriage begin to jingle and Pierre stops the carriage and orders the two drivers to pull Severine from the carriage, whip her and rape her. When did the fantasy in Severine's head start? In one scene Pierre and his saturnine friend played by Michel Piccoli are in the country and begin shoveling black, stinking mud into a pail. In the next instance we see Piccoli throwing handsfull of mud onto Severine, tied up and dressed in a virginal white gown.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 2 Feb 2007
It's quite amazing that a film like this could have been made in 1967. Absolutely a classic. A fascinating exploration of female masochistic fantasies, from the opening sequence to the end. Yet there's very little nudity: it's all hinted at. And the 2007 transfer to DVD is really excellent quality for a film of this age: vibrant colors and good resolution. If the theme interests you, you should definitely watch this.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beauty of the Day 13 Sep 2000
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Bunuel's 1967 film stars Catherine Deneuve as Severine, a sexless housewife, who dreams of sado-masochistic humiliation. Wanting to further her real sex-life she becomes a prostitute and finds this brings her closer to her husband. The line between reality and fiction is never made explicit in the film. This allows a subtle exploration of Severine's mind and gradual descent towards the tragic conclusion. Bunuel handles the direction gently, especially considering the dark subject matter, and the result is a joy to watch. Thematically the film is similar to Lars von Trier's "Breaking the Waves" (presumably an influence on the Danish director) and both movies display the central character being led to ruin through a transitory fulfilling sexuality within their enveloping fantasies. Without giving away the ending, Severine's desire for sexual humiliation eventually leads to a tragic depersonalisation, instead of the resolution she misguidedly seeks. Deneuve is as astonishingly beautiful as ever, and Bunuel rarely disappoints. Though perhaps slightly esoteric, I would be tempted to call this a masterpiece.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CATHERINE DENEUVE 15 Jan 2010
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of Catherine Deneuve’s 1967 classic.

At present this movie is available on BLU RAY in the States and Europe.
But therein lies a problem for UK buyers - which issue to buy?

Unfortunately the desirable USA Criterion issue is REGION-A LOCKED.
So it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK BLU RAY players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't).
Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.

Luckily the nicely presented Optimum issue from 2009 is REGION B – so will play on UK machines.

Check you’re purchasing the right issue before you buy...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What women want... 19 Feb 2006
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
"Belle de Jour" is an exploration, perhaps an expose ,of the clandestine desires, elaborate deceptions and capricious natures of modern women. Catherine Deneuve is Severine, a model bourgeois wife on the surface , but underneath is the repository of dark, sado-masochistic sexual fantasies,that lead her into prostitution. Deneuve plays "Belle de Jour" superbly well, making Severine's unlikely descent into degradation and depravity entirely credible. Her double life leads to jealousy and ultimately tragedy ,however ,as her two lives converge in the form of one of her clients, Marcel. "Belle de Jour" is an entertaining, well acted film with good all round characterisation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 17 days ago by Peter Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars review of Belle de Jour
I remember this film from many years ago, however i must admit there was a lot i had forgotten !! but it was great to see it again.
Published 3 months ago by ray
4.0 out of 5 stars Catherine Deneuve puts the G in Gorgeous
The term beautiful is used far too often, but here is a lady with timeless class and beauty, the plot may be a bit hard to follow, but who cares to see this lady in her undies is... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark
2.0 out of 5 stars A boring DVd
Unfortunately the content of the DVd was not to my taste.
However i do commend the maker of the DVD and/or the original film for the quality of the colours iin the scenes. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. R. Gee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great item - arrived quickly
really pleased with DVD and fast postage. Was bought for a Birthday present - Birthday Boy was very happy with his gift !
Published 12 months ago by Miss-Flamingo
5.0 out of 5 stars Belle de J
She is just lovely had the origional but lent to someone never returned, made in great style
and thoroughly enjoyable.
Published 14 months ago by oscar
5.0 out of 5 stars Belle de Jour
A classic Lois Bunel movie enhanced by remastering. This 40th Anniversary edition has a booklet and miniature film poster in the pacaging
Published 16 months ago by VINCENT PAUL VERNONlenn
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
in it's day. very innocent throughout. little innuendo and no touching. thoughful in the French cinema way. Catherine Deneuve - what can you say? Beautiful
Published 16 months ago by Tim Chaney
4.0 out of 5 stars you have to see this film at least once
What can I say ? Did I like it , love it , understand what was real or what was in Severines mind ? Read more
Published 17 months ago by cartoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
1960s paris and a young Catherine Deneuve. How can you not like it.
Not a sit around with the family movie, but if you dont mind subtitles and want to see a classic of the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by longant
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