Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The Still - Box Of Trick

Cathérine Deneuve shares a moment with a bizarre Asian 'john' in Luis Buñuel's classic of cinematic sadomasochism, Belle de Jour (1967).

Therein, Denueve plays a rich housewife whose fantasies about being humiliated and controlled compel her to take a job in a Parisian whorehouse, servicing some unusual clients. By far the most perverse of the lot is a heavyset Asian gentleman carrying an ornately decorated box, the contents of which we hear, but never see. Only Deneuve seems willing to indulge his proclivity, whatever it is, and her version of the afterglow makes for one of the all-time great unexpected facial expressions.

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