Film: Belle de Jour (1967; 100 min; In French with subtitles)
Director Luis Buñuel, a member of the notorious 1920s Paris Surrealist group, realized his greatest commercial success in the late 1960s with this sly and baffling film, his first in color. The “Old Iconoclast” modernized his brand of oneiric humor and mystery to create a very “now” experience for the era’s stylishly hip crowd.
Yves Saint Laurent designed outfits for his muse, super star Catherine Deneuve, to wear or to be torn off of her. She plays a repressed bourgeois housewife who loses herself in fantasies–or realities?–as a high-end, daytime call girl.
This event complements VMFA’s special exhibition Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style.