Theatrical Release Date: TBC
Home Ent. Release Date: 11 Mar 2007
Cert: Not Rated
The icily beautiful French goddess Catherine Denueve is celebrated here in Optimum’s Screen Icons series with a box-set of films that span the full range of her illustrious 45-year career so far. UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG was the film that made Deneuve a star and introduced her to the world. A conventional love story made completely original by all the dialogue being sung and a rainbow of colours reflecting the radiance of the story and characters alike. Umbrellas won the Palme D’Or in Cannes in 1964. BELLE DE JOUR Undoubtedly Luis Buñuel’s most accessible film, Belle de Jour is an elegant and erotic masterpiece that maintains as hypnotic a grip on modern audiences as it did on its debut 30 years ago. Denueve plays a bored and sexually frustrated housewife who becomes a part-time prostitute and begins a dangerous relationship with a young gangster. DONKEY SKIN is a wonderfully bizarre film from Jacques Demy, a unique synthesis of Jean Cocteau and Walt Disney.Ahead of its time and strikingly modern in its production design, it’s also a warts and all fairytale, ripe with incorrect royalism and medieval misogyny. Deneuve plays the dual role of the King’s wife and daughter MANON 70 A 1960’s version of an 18th century French novel and a 19th century Italian opera, Denueve plays the confused Manon, torn between a young but penniless lover and an older, richer suitor whose generosity she finds very tempting... MA SAISON PREFEREE An Andre Techine family drama starring Daniel Auteuil.