In Belle De Jour, newly married Séverine Serizy can’t provide her husband the physical affection he desires. Her debased, masochistic imaginings of intimacy force a wedge between them, embracing even the bizarre classic Hollywood convention of sleeping in separate twin beds. She wants nothing more than to please her husband and turns to a brothel to gain the experience she perceives as necessary. Buñuel expertly weaves Séverine’s fantasies with her realities, presenting a very complicated journey into self awareness in a strikingly sympathetic and bold film. It was Buñuel’s first color film and most successful financially; for it, he won the Golden Lion at Venice.
The ArthouseFW - Buñuel Series emphasizes the Spanish director Luis Buñuel’s surreal criticism of society throughout his career. The selections highlight Buñuel’s stylistic coherence that has defined him as one of the most accomplished auteurs in cinematic history. The series will play at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth as part of an ongoing partnership with the Lone Star Film Society.