“It is possibly the best-known erotic film of modern times, perhaps the best.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Ranks with L'AGE D'OR and LOS OLVIDADOS as a landmark not only of Luis Bunuel's career, but of the history of motion pictures.” - Paul Schrader, Los Angeles Free Press

Wednesday, February 21, 6:00 p.m. | In one of her most iconic roles, Catherine Deneuve portrays a sexually unfulfilled housewife who begins secretly spending her afternoons working in a bordello. This surreal and erotic late-sixties daydream from provocateur for the ages Luis Buñuel is an examination of desire and fetishistic pleasure (its characters’ and its viewers’), as well as a gently absurdist take on social mores and class divisions. Praised as “possibly the best-known erotic film of modern times, perhaps the best” by Roger Ebert, fantasy and reality come together in one of Buñuel’s biggest hits.

Awards & Nominations

Winner - Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival

Hot & HeavyLeave your inhibitions at the door and unclutch your pearls: the Film Center’s screens are sizzling with the 10 sexually liberated films of Hot & Heavy. A carnal exploration of desire, passion, and physical dexterity, Hot & Heavy encourages audiences to indulge in the erotic—not as forbidden fruit, but in a celebratory embrace of what turns us on in a safe space that respectfully recognizes the cinematic power of all things bodily bawdy. Content consideration: these films contain explicit sexual content (obviously). View full series.

The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email filmcenter@saic.edu