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  • Big Name Fan: Martin Scorsese helped get the film released in America during 1995, as he was a huge fan of it. Alfred Hitchcock apparently loved it too.
  • Creator Backlash: In recent years, Catherine Deneuve has come out and said she wasn't entirely happy with the film.
    "I felt they showed more of me than they'd said they were going to...There were moments when I felt totally used. I was very unhappy."
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  • Executive Meddling: The censors insisted on an edit for the scene where Séverine and the Duke are in the chapel. It originally opened with a shot of Séverine lying in a coffin with one of Grunewald's Christ paintings on the wall behind her. The director regrets making the edit to this day.
  • Shrug of God:
    • The director has apparently said he doesn't know what the ending means.
    • People have often asked him what is in the box that the Asian client horrifies the other prostitutes. He usually responds "whatever you want there to be..."
  • What Could Have Been: Luis Buñuel wished to shoot the opening scene in the Train Bleu at the Gare de Lyon, which looks like this. They weren't allowed to film there.
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