The Videographic Essay: Criticism in Sound and Image

Belle de Jour Voiceover Story

In this storytelling exercise, Tracy Cox-Stanton simply (but very effectively) recounted a dream she’d once had and laid it over a radically slowed down shot of Catherine Deneuve from Belle de jour (Luis Bun╠âuel, France, 1967). Though the dream is recounted in the third person, it feels like an internal monologue—or if not, and the story is being told about Deneuve’s character, then who is speaking? Either way, the approach invites us to link sound and image, while at the same time suggestively blocking the full connection.

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  1. Belle de Jour Storytelling Voiceover