Perfume and Cinema

Belledejour My week has been going from stressful and hectic to more stressful and more hectic. On such occasions I like to escape into the beautiful world of cinema provided by my friend Self-Styled Siren. In the context of Bois de Jasmin, I would like to point out two particularly marvelous articles: Perfume at the Movies Part I and Perfume at the Movies Part II. Thoroughly enjoyable!

Photo: Catherine Deneuve as Séverine Serizy in 1967 film by Luis Buñuel Belle de Jour. This particular scene has Séverine shattering a bottle of Guerlain Mitsouko, which serves as a dark and foreboding touch.



  • parislondres: Hope you get all the things you need to under control dear V!

    F’s articles are really entertaining and great and I have read these earlier.

    Have a super weekend.

    Big hugs! September 16, 2005 at 2:44am Reply

  • Robin: Self-Styled is a wonderful blog, and I am really learning so much about the movies by reading it. And I need to see Belle du Jour! September 16, 2005 at 9:15am Reply

  • Marina: Hope the next week is stress-free for you, Vikochka! Hugs! September 16, 2005 at 8:49am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Dear N, thank you! I also like her articles, even though I have not seen 90% of the films she is discussing. Nevertheless, her writing is great and the comments are fascinating. September 16, 2005 at 9:56am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Marinochka, spasibo! 🙂 I am looking forward to the weekend. September 16, 2005 at 10:05am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: R, I love that movie! Deneuve is fantastic in it. September 16, 2005 at 10:07am Reply

  • Anya: I just caught that movie on TV, for the first time, about six months ago. Wish I had paid more attention to the Mitsouko scene. Such is an addiction. I’ve never smelled it yet, and I mourn a cinema victim of almost 40 years ago, lol. September 16, 2005 at 4:56pm Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Anya, I think that you mentioned not liking chypre, right?

    I love the inclusion of that scene, because it adds a very subtle, yet dramatic element. September 16, 2005 at 5:13pm Reply

  • Anya: Definitely not a chypre fan, V, although I do admit to liking Miss Dior and Mystere de Rochas, rather atypical chypres, I believe. After a lot of chat about Mitsouko on blogs a few months ago, I got some in a Guerlain sampler set (eau de Toilette.) Blah, but I attribute that to the fact it’s not the parfum. I’ll go sniff again tonight, maybe wear it out (gasp!)

    IMO, anybody smashing a bottle of perfume is adding a dramatic element, not so subtle! September 16, 2005 at 7:37pm Reply

  • julien: Such a pretty idea.
    Art is made of many things,perfumes help it…
    And excuse me if it has nothing to do with it,but i love Catherine Deneuve…as time goes by, i think she is more and more beautiful.
    😉 September 17, 2005 at 5:14pm Reply

  • mireille: Such a great film … and Deneuve is ethereal no matter where you find her. Be well, V … and breathe deep. xoxo September 18, 2005 at 12:16pm Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Anya, let me know whether you changed your mind. It is an interesting fragrance, but if you do not like chypre, then I do not see how you might like it. It is a true chypre. September 18, 2005 at 5:52pm Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Julien, you are absolutely right. She is a beautiful woman, and I would watch any film of hers. I recently saw La Chamade, and she was stunning in it. September 18, 2005 at 5:56pm Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Thank you, M! I might watch a little bit of a movie that just arrived from Netflix. It is actually the one from F’s list, “The Women.” September 18, 2005 at 5:58pm Reply

  • Anya: Sorry, V, the Mitsouko still seems blah. The topnotes totally escape me. Perhaps they are subdued/watered down in the EdT? The heart vanished in no time, just leaving the simple oakmoss accord. Perhaps it’s the heat here? I may try it again in the “winter”. The two weeks we have of it, lol.

    PS – Deneuve is a Libra, yes? 😉 September 19, 2005 at 8:52am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Anya, the EDT is not particularly interesting. If you could find the EDP, it would be much more representative of Mitsouko’s true beauty. September 19, 2005 at 11:18am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Anya, yes, Deneuve is a Libra too. 🙂 September 19, 2005 at 2:32pm Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Anya, yes, Deneuve is a Libra too. 🙂 September 19, 2005 at 2:34pm Reply

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