The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week: NYC Repertory Cinema Picks, May 13-19

05/13/2015 8:50 AM |

belledejour

Belle du jour (1967)
Directed by Luis Buñuel
Catherine Deneuve is married to the handsomest, wealthiest young doctor in the land, but she can’t bear to have him touch her—instead, she spends her afternoons in a discreet Paris brothel, brusquely handled by gangsters, kinksters, and one Kalmyk with a magic box. Between workdays she dreams of even more humiliating encounters, starring her husband and different kinds of knots. The endless appeal of Belle du jour, I won’t be the first to say, is its insistence on the fantasy and the reality; one doesn’t replace or resolve the other, just as cobbling together an origin story to explain our most singular obsessions cannot exorcise them. As Buñuel knew, a shoe is a shoe is a shoe—unless it’s so much more. Elina Mishuris (May 19, 4pm, 7:30pm at FIAF’s “Haute Couture on Film”)