Odd Tuesdays Cineclub: Belle du Jour

This March 18, Odd Tuesdays Cineclub presents… Belle du Jour (Luis Buñuel, 1967).



A bored bourgeois housewife transforms herself into an alluring prostitute in this art-house essential.  Through a process of both self-discovery and self-destruction, “belle de jour” becomes a mysterious and infuriating object of fascination for both her clients and the audience, most alarmingly is her sadomasochistic relationship with a cold, possessive gangster.  Forget the hokey Twilight fan-fiction your mom reads; this surreal and provocative masterwork will have you pondering the secret lives of people closest to you, as well as screaming “What’s in the box?!” more than Brad Pitt in Se7en.  A high-point in the directorial career of mischievous genius Luis Buñuel and in his always-fruitful collaborations with writer Jean-Claude Carrière, Belle de Jour also secured the iconic status of star Catherine Deneuve.


EMP’s Odd Tuesdays Cineclub is dedicated to a proposition: That not all films are created equal; that some are weirder, sweeter, kinkier, and crankier than others; and that among these films are established cult favorites, essential art house classics, and more recent work that’s only begun to gather a following.  In an age when media too often atomize us rather than bring us together, when we’re more likely to watch movies (especially older movies) alone on our devices rather than with a flesh-and-blood audience, it’s more urgent than ever that we deliberately come together and make seeing movies a show again.  Odd Tuesdays Cineclub:  Come and See.



Belle du Jour
Tuesday, March 18, 7PM