Dykonography 101: Catherine

December 10, 2008 at 5:38 am (Dykonography 101) (, , , )


Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve

For many women (lesbians in particular), the career of the elegant and enigmatic Catherine Deneuve did not take off with Jacques Demy’s 1964 French musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Nor did it begin with Roman Polanski’s pathological 1965 Repulsion, nor with Luis Buñuel’s [shocking] Belle Du Jour. It didn’t even begin with her 1980 award-winning performance in Francois Truffaut’s The Last Metro. None of these legendary films that so skillfully exploited the icy fire of Deneuve’s inscrutable presence—nor any that came between or after—marked the beginning.

Instead that cataclysmic event, which has now become part of lesbian lore, began when a luminous Deneuve, playing an aristocratic vampire in Tony Scott’s 1983 film The Hunger, swooped down on an innocent and utterly bedazzled Susan Sarandon and,  for eight hot minutes, devoured her with explicit sex and unprecedented, everlasting sensual enthusiasm. Then she bit her, and the rest is history.

-excerpted from “Catherine Deneuve: The ultimate lesbian icon breaks her silence.”, The Advocate magazine, July 25, 1995 (read the rest)

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