Groundbreaking Films Promoting Sexual Freedom
Belle de Jour (1967)
Luis Buñuel, the Spanish auteur who once teamed up with Salvador Dali, went to Paris with Catherine Deneuve and made this film about what makes humans tick. Severine is a doting wife during the mornings, but a high-priced hooker later in the day. The brilliance of this film is that it stays light, charming, and realistic while also being very exploratory, especially with its cinematic technique of marrying together strange sounds (bells ringing, horses neighing) to trigger both Severine’s and the audience’s subconscious.