20 January 2009

Boxes

Belle de Jour has the enigmatic, never explained, Chinese box... which seems to contain the essence of eroticism for Belle de Jour, or else the buzzing that emanates from the box is indicative of neurochemical snapping or some figurative / literal spin on insect aphropdisiacs...

But, anyway, in its place in that film it surely...



...is a precursor of the suitcase trick of arch-thief Tarantino - the idea of both boxes containing souls is not entirely misguided as a reading of both films, even if it's not the correct reading...



...and a similar reading, tapping into the masochism of the first film and the soul-tearing of the second is the puzzle box from Hellraiser... which performs more or less the same function as the Chinese Box in Belle de Jour... the look on Catherine Deneuve's face after the box has been activated mirrors the pain/pleasure of Hellraiser, albeit via Yves Saint Laurent rather than Giger imitations...



(and this in turn reminded me that Richard Kelly's new film is a variation on the Button, Button short story which features a mysterious box and which numbed my limbs as a child...)

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