Belle de jour (1967)
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Interesting film. Peculiar blend of reality and fiction.
This, Bunuel's best film, is infused with that ungraspable sense of mystery that is unique to his work. How he exactly does it, is hard to put your finger on. It might be the interplay between his at times bone-dry mise-en-scene and the rich, ambiguous use of sound. It may be the wisps of flashbacks that do more to suggest the inner life of Séverine than a long monologue ever could. It might be in the unforgettable icy beauty of Deneuve's face, who in a heartbeat can show an entirely different side of her character that we would never have expected to see.
The subtlety and elusiveness of this film that will keep it alluring and fresh for atleast another fifty years.
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This movie ranks #19 in Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion
This movie ranks #25 in TimeOut's 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #40 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #50 in Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art
This movie ranks #60 in The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema
This movie ranks #74 in NY Times' The Essential 1,000 Films to See
This movie ranks #82 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #86 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #101 in Times' 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #105 in 366 Weird Movies (Certified Weird)
This movie ranks #121 in 501 Must See Movies
This movie ranks #195 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
This movie ranks #196 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #202 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #324 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
This movie ranks #422 in Cahiers du cinéma - Yearly top 10s
This movie ranks #456 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #548 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
This movie ranks #674 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #675 in The Criterion Collection