Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Fri, Jan 20, 2012
7:30pm

CURSE AND KINK: A LUIS BUÑUEL RETROSPECTIVE
Double Feature!
BELLE DE JOUR / DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID
Co-presented by the Luis Buñuel Film Institute

A double delight of kink and fetish from director Luis Buñuel. In BELLE DE JOUR, a beautiful housewife (Catherine Deneuve) indulges in private erotic fantasies working afternoons at a local brothel. In DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID, Jeanne Moreau stars in a wicked, kinky take on the upstairs-downstairs genre.

BELLE DE JOUR
1967, Janus Films, 101 min, France, Dir: Luis Buñuel

Housewife and glacial beauty Séverine (Catherine Deneuve), frigid at home with her doctor husband, indulges in private erotic fantasies that range from sadomasochistic to scatological. To realize her innermost sexual proclivities, Séverine becomes a prostitute at a local brothel, working only on weekday afternoons and taking on the moniker Belle de Jour. Forty-five years after its initial release, Luis Buñuel’s subversive mega-classic is as boundary-pushing as ever, its deft mix of edge and lightness underscored by Deneuve’s nimbly cool performance. In French with English subtitles.


DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID
1964, Rialto Pictures, 101 min, France, Dir: Luis Buñuel

Jeanne Moreau gives a keenly observant and morally ambiguous performance as Parisian maid Céléstine, transplanted to the French countryside to clean house at the manor of M. Monteil (a lusty, wolfish Michel Piccoli). What she discovers in her wintry bucolic surroundings is anything but staid country life - shoe fetishes, simmering anti-Semitism and a brutal rape and murder are all pieces of the unsettling debris that rise to the surface in Luis Buñuel’s wicked, kinky take on the upstairs-downstairs genre. In French with English subtitles.


Both films will screen in 35mm.
Aero Theatre • Fri, Jan 20, 2012 • 7:30pm

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