Belle de Jour, 1967

Director

Luis Buñuel

Cast



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Chalet de la Grande Cascade, Allée de Longchamp, Bois de Boulogne 75016 (Métro: Ranelagh) (tel: (0)1 45.27.33.51)


Trivia

In the 1964 Paris When It Sizzles, writer William Holden and secretary Audrey Hepburn dine on the terrace at the Chalet de la Grande Cascade in a fantasy screenplay.

Belle de Jour film location: Chalet de la Grand Cascade, Bois de Boulogne, Paris

Belle de Jour film location: Séverine is picked up for the Duc: Chalet de la Grand Cascade, Bois de Boulogne, Paris

Luis Buñuel supposedly hated Joseph Kessel’s novel about a bored, masochistic wife of a wealthy Parisian surgeon who spends her afternoons working in a brothel, but nevertheless turned it into a surreal masterpiece.

Belle de Jour film location: avenue de Messine, Paris

Belle de Jour film location: Séverine’ s luxurious apartment: 23 avenue de Messine, Paris

The apartment of Séverine (Catherine Deneuve) and her husband is 23 avenue de Messine at the corner of rue de Messine, just south of Parc Monceau.

The elegant café terrace, where Séverine is picked up for the Duc’s incestuously necrophilic fantasy, is the Chalet de la Grande Cascade, Allée de Longchamp by the Second Empire artificial waterfall near the Longchamp Crossroads in the Bois de Boulogne. It’s a very glitzy restaurant, and if you don’t have a car it’s quite a schlep (Métro: Ranelagh) along Route de l’Hippodrome.

Behind Deneuve on the restaurant terrace you can see director Buñuel talking business with Robert and Raymond Hakim – producers of the movie.

And it’s their office, with the movie stills outside, where Pierre Clémenti robs a deliveryman in the lift. The building, since gutted and turned into an Italian restaurant, can be seen at 79 Champs Elysées.

Belle de Jour film location: 1 square Albin Cachot, Paris

Belle de Jour film location: Séverine works in Madame Anais’ ‘brothel’: 1 square Albin Cachot, Paris

Madame Anais’, the classy brothel, at the fictitious ‘11 Cité de Jean Saumur’, where the ice-cool Séverine confronts a bizarre spectrum of sexualities, is at 1 square Albin-Cachot, a tiny cul-de-sac south of rue Leon Maurice Nordmann between rue de la Sante and rue de la Glacière (metro: Glacière).

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