French Film Series Spring 2016

MFLL Department-Florence Abad Turner at fabadtur@utk.edu

A Reflection on Beauty

“It is foolish to wish for beauty. Sensible people never either desire it for themselves or care about it in others. If the mind be but well cultivated, and the heart well disposed, no one ever cares for the exterior.”
Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey

Let's explore this semester the theme of Beauty with three excellent movies. Belle de Jour, Comme une Image(Look at me) and Cyrano de Bergerac present the notion of Beauty in their own world. Too often, in the Western Hemisphere we attach too much importance to external Beauty. The movies will address the angst of being too "beautiful" or too "ugly".

BELLE DE JOUR by Luis Buñuel, 1967 France/Italy

Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 5pm

UT Hodges Library, Lindsey Auditorium

Beautiful young housewife Séverine Serizy (Catherine Deneuve) cannot reconcile her masochistic fantasies with her everyday life alongside dutiful husband Pierre (Jean Sorel). When her lovestruck friend Henri (Michel Piccoli) mentions a secretive high-class brothel run by Madame Anais (Genevieve Page), Séverine begins to work there during the day under the name Belle de Jour. But when one of her clients (Pierre Clementi) grows possessive, she must try to go back to her normal life.


* French movie with English subtitles

Belle de Jour - Trailer - Deneuve / Bunuel