Essential Cinema: New 4K Digital Restoration
Belle de Jour
Directed by Luis Buñuel
Friday, April 27, 7 pm
Sunday, April 29, 3 pm
$9 / $7 Speed and Alliance Française members
“A toast to the importance of dreams.” —Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
Catherine Deneuve’s porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress’s most iconic roles: Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her afternoon hours working in a bordello. This surreal and erotic late-sixties daydream from provocateur for the ages Luis Buñuel is an examination of desire and fetishistic pleasure, as well as a gently absurdist take on contemporary social mores and class divisions. Fantasy and reality commingle in this burst of cinematic transgression, which was one of Buñuel’s biggest hits. 1967, France, 4K DCP, in French with English subtitles, 100 minutes. Recommended for 17+.