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The Luis Bunuel Collection - 7-DVD Box Set ( Belle de jour / Le Journal d'une femme de chambre / Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie / Cet obscur [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - United Kingdom ]

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After , Luis Buñuel spent some time trying to adapt “Monk” Lewis's gothic novel The Monk before abandoning the project in 1966 after producer-brothers Raymond and Robert Hakim asked the director to make a film based on Joseph's Kessel's Belle de Jour. (The Monk was later filmed in 1973 by Adonis Kyrou.) In his autobiography, Buñuel described how he found Kessel's novel melodramatic, but how the fantasies of the titular female masochist (Catherine Deneuve, fresh off the success of Jacques Demy's The Young Girls of Rochefort) allowed him to indulge himself in exposing bourgeois sexual perversions. Today, Belle de Jour remains Buñuel's most recognized film, and while it's not without its flaws, it's a radical work that reimagines some of the director's earlier surrealist impulses and anticipates the work of David Lynch, namely and .

The thing is that while the films present prostitution as a way to achieve that liberation it does so in a way that doesn’t exactly represent a comprehensive concept of feminist freedom as we recognize it today. Sure, they are working (usually well paid) and detach themselves from the more poisonous aspects of their lives, but at the same time they do so through a different, no less fundamental dependence on men. And that doesn’t even begin to mention the danger inherent in the profession (Vivre sa Vie and Belle de Jour both have serious consequences based around their protagonists choice of profession). Both of them attempt to escape society, only to find themselves trapped under some kind of moral oppression that leads to their undoing.

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24 May: Belle de Jour (Luis Buñuel)

Of all the supposedly challenging attractions playing locally in our supposedly more enlightened era, the most compellingly erotic and entertaining spectacle is still provided by Belle de Jour

Of all the supposedly challenging attractions playing locally in our supposedly more enlightened era, the most compellingly erotic and entertaining spectacle is still provided by Belle de Jour