昼顔のカトリーヌ・ドヌーヴ Catherine Deneuve in 'Belle de Jour'
Belle de jour 1967.
Art d’oeuvre intemporelle. Sexual phantasies subtly transcended into the realms of our personal psycho-neurotic stigma. Catherine Deneuve’s stoicism, demure iciness and intriguing, self-controlling acting symbolises a 50’s-60’s character par excellence. Deneuve has class, her performance: impeccable, iconic.
Costumes: Yves Saint Laurent! YSL rightly gave her the following advice…
“Saint Laurent managed to convince her not to wear too short skirts in the movie in a time when mini-skirts were “in fashion”, so that the film would never become outdated and grounded to a certain historical moment.”
“Belle de jour” marked the beginning of a long-standing relationship, a unique partnership between Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint Laurent and fixed her image for many years to come as the epitome of chic bourgeoisie.
On top, this kind of stylish visualisation can’t be copied in the somehow clumsy U.S. cultural context. Frivolous, intellectual sophistication à la française.
Even though “Belle de jour” is far from what one could consider a “sexy” movie, it remained unreleased until 1995 in the U.S., ridiculous! Ha ha! Even Japanese could see this movie in the 70’s on TV. Europe? Of course: real time. It belongs to our cultural heritage.
Luis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carrière were the screenwriters of “Belle de jour”. Two days ago 89 years old Carrière died in his sleep at home in Paris. Merci beaucoup, cher Jean-Claude, for all the wonderful films you co-created. We love your discreet charm of La Bourgeoisie! Bravo! Applause!!!
Tokyo, le 10 février 2021
Jean-Claude Carrière comment:
Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie