Friday, February 27, 2009

Cinema Friday - Belle De Jour (1967)

Belle De Jour (1967) - French Trailer: English Subtitles

Belle De Jour (1967) - In French: Client Wants To Be Beaten By Belle De Jour. Other Prostitute Does Instead

Catherine Deneuve in Bra And Panties - In French

Belle De Jour (1967) - Catherine Deneuve being whipped by two servants while Pierre Clémenti watches

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(Catherine Deneuve) Séverine Serizy, happily married to a handsome young surgeon, Pierre Serizy (Jean Sorel). She loves her husband dearly, but cannot bring herself to be physically intimate with him. Séverine is a young middle-class woman in a happy, but apparently unconsummated, marriage. Taunted by sado-masochistic fantasies, she becomes a daytime prostitute, and soon falls in love with one of her clients, a violent gangster type, going to work in a house of ill repute, actually an intimate apartment. The money involved is less the motivation than the pretext for her action.

Pierre, her husband, provides for her material needs handsomely, but his respectfully temporizing caresses fail to satisfy her psychic need for brutal degradation, a need first awakened by a child molester when she was eight. To preserve a facade of marital respectability, Séverine works at her obsessive profession only afternoons from two to five, the mystery of her matinee schedule causing her to be christened Belle De Jour.

Belle de Jour dramatizes the collision between depravity and elegance, one of the favorite themes of director Luis Buñuel. This is a very unusual film, where the director Luis Bunuel plays intriguing games with one's notions of normal convention and fantasy. As the film progresses and the viewer is persuaded to accept increasingly unlikely events as reality, the distinction between fantasy and reality is ultimately merged. In the end the viewer is forced to ask a disturbing question. Can those awful sado-masochistic dreams of Séverine’s be real events



Luis Bunuel's masterpiece of erotica. Director Luis Buñuel's first film in color, Belle de Jour also kicked off the last phase of his great career, which produced some of his most popular films (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and That Obscure Object of Desire). Catherine Deneuve serves Buñuel here as Grace Kelly did Alfred Hitchcock, as the glacially beautiful blonde who is barely concealing smoldering desires

In the rape scene, her dress was fitted with Velcro to give off a tearing sound as it was ripped away. In most subtitled versions of the film, an italicized font is used to help the audience spot Séverine's fantasies from reality.

According to Luis Buñuel scholar Julie Jones, Buñuel once said that he himself didn't know what the end exactly means. Director Cameo: (Luis Buñuel) Sitting in the outdoor café when the Duke (Georges Marchal) gets off his carriage.

"Belle De Jour" is a day lily in French, a flower that blooms only by day, as Séverine is available only during the afternoons. "Belle De Jour" is also a sort of pun, as it reminds us of "belle de nuit", a euphemism for prostitute. The movie is an adaptation of the book Belle De Jour by the writer, Joseph Kessel.


  • Continuity: Marcel (Pierre Clémenti) breaks the glass and oval frame to vent his anger. The same frame and picture are unbroken later.
  • Continuity: When Pierre and Séverine kiss goodnight the position of the pillow behind her neck changes.
  • Continuity: When the client that wants to be spanked rejects Belle Du Jour she puts her robe back on but not her bra. Then when she sees the Asian client a few moments later, she takes off her robe and her bra is on.
  • Continuity: When Monsieur Adolphe (Francis Blanche) first unzips Belle's dress she has a slip under it, but when she rushes out and then comes back in, Adolphe unzips her dress again and she isn't wearing the slip anymore.
  • Revealing mistakes: When Séverine and friend are in the cab, the projected background in the cab does not match the exterior as seen when Séverine gets out.

- Also Known As (AKA) -

  • A Bela Da Tarde - Brazil
  • A Bela De Dia - Portugal
  • A Nap Szépe - Hungary
  • Beauty Of The Day - International English Title
  • Bella De Día - Spain
  • Bella Di Giorno - Italy
  • Belle De Jour - United Sates Of America
  • Belle De Jour - Schöne des Tages - Germany
  • Belle De Jour - Päiväperho - Finland
  • Belle De Jour: bella De Día - Spain
  • Dagens Skønhed - Denmark
  • Dagens Skjønnhet - Norway
  • Dagfjärilen - Sweden
  • Gündüz Güzeli - Turkey
  • Hirugao - Japan
  • Kráska Dna - Czechoslovakia (Slovak Title)
  • Kráska dne - Czechoslovakia (Czech Title)
  • Oraia Tis Imeras, I - Greece
  • Päiväperho - Finland
  • Pieknosc Dnia - Poland

My Scenario:

This scenario is one that wasn't in the movie, but should have been.

Séverine Serizy stood there in her room, waiting for her next customer, she was looking out the window. She could see the entire street. She always wanted to see if she could see her next client and pick out which man he would be. Usually she could, but not always.

Then she saw the man who she thought would be her next client, he was a little man, thin in stature and he twirled his cane, much like the comedian of yore, Charlie Chaplin. She got dizzy for just a second and then lost sight on the little man.

Séverine looks at the clock, it's 2:58, he's about two minutes early.

There was a knock on the door. She turns. "Enter little man."

The door opens and in steps her next client. Oh god, she thinks to herself. It's Pierre her husband.

Pierre steps forward. "Séverine, oh my, you’re Belle De Jour."

Séverine walks over to her husband. "Yes I am. Since you don't seem to want me, I've decided to go where I can get sex."

Pierre shakes his head. He looks around the room and spots on the end table a large wooden hairbrush. He picks it up and rolls up his sleeve. Instinctively Séverine's hand goes over her backside. She points at the hairbrush. "What are you going to do with that thing."

Taping the brush in the palm of his hand, he walks towards her. She starts to back up. "I'm going to give my whore of a wife a sound spanking, then show her how I can satisfy her when I want to."

She smiles at him. "Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. But Pierre, I don't want a spanking."

She backs into the bed and sits down as the bed presses against the back of her legs.

Pierre sits down on the bed beside her and puts the hairbrush down on the bed beside himself. He then reaches over and lifts her over his knee. Looking down at her, he can see right through her see through robe.

Séverine tries to get up. Pierre pushes her back down and clamps his left hand over her waist. "Pierre no wait. I wasn't thinking right. I promise I'll give it up. Just don't spank me."

He lifts up the back of her robe and bares her backside. It's lily white and plump as can be. "No wait Pierre. I'll behave myself."

Crack. “Yeeeeeeow." Crack. Yeeeeeeow. Pierre, in the name of god Stoooooop." Crack. “Yeeeeeeow." Crack. “Yeeeeeeow. I promise to be the best wife I can. Just don't spank me like this." Crack. “Yeeeeeeow." Crack. “Yeeeeeeow." Crack. “Yeeeeeeow."

Séverine is crying her eyes out. She hasn't been spanked by her husband ever. "Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo."

Crack. “Yeeeeeeow." Crack. “Yeeeeeeow." Crack. “Yeeeeeeow." Crack. “Yeeeeeeow." Crack. “Yeeeeeeow." Crack. “Yeeeeeeow."

Séverine, during the entire spanking tries to push up off her husband’s knee. But she can't, all she can do is scream and cry as Pierre tans her backside cherry red. Pierre stops the spanking and lets her up. She stands and her robe falls over her ass. She stands there crying as she rubs her sore bottom.

Pierre puts the brush down and stands up himself. He disrobes and strips Séverine. She's only sniffling now. There make love three times. It's the best sex she's ever had. Then Séverine hears a knock on the door and she stands up. She's back at the window. Looking at the clock, she can see that it's only 3 o'clock.

Walking over to the mirror, Séverine lifts up the back of her robe and sees that her backside is still lily white. She doesn't know what's going on. There another knock on the door. "Enter."

The little thin man, with the cane enters. He looks at Séverine, my, my, that's one nice backside. He walks over to the bed and hits his cane on the bed. Snap it goes. "Snap." Séverine goes over to him and takes the cane from him and hangs it on the door knob. "That'll be there when you're finished. As for now little man, strip."

Both the thin little man and Séverine remove their cloths.

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