Friday, July 22, 2011

Kate Winslet: Belle de Jour

 Photograph by Steven Meisel; styled by Jessica Diehl.

Kate Winslet channels the Deneuve character from Belle de Jour, about a housewife moonlighting as a daytime prostitute for this Vanity Fair shoot. Luis Buñuel directed the 1967 film.

Empire magazine lists Belle de Jour as number 56 of The Top 100 Films of World Cinema, the greatest films not in the English language..., for its “Wit. Elegance. Erotica. Subversion.”

"My biggest commercial success. I attribute more to the marvellous whores than to my direction." [Luis Buñuel]

Belle de Jour remains Buñuel's most recognized film, and while it's not without its flaws, it's a radical work that reimagines some of the director's earlier surrealist impulses and anticipates the work of David Lynch, namely Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With me and Mulholland Drive. [Slant Magazine]


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