Famed French director Roman Polanski complained that the fight for female equality is a "great pity" as his wife showed off some eye-popping cleavage at the Cannes Film Festival.
Polanski, who is at the festival with his new film Venus in Fur, said that "trying to level the genders is purely idiotic".
"Offering flowers to a lady has become indecent ... The pill has greatly changed the place of women in our times, masculinising her. It chases away the romance in our lives," he said.
The 79-year-old Oscar-winner's film is about the sado-masochistic relationship between a theatre director and an actress.
The actress's part is played by Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner, who is 33 years his junior.
Polanski was keen to stress that there were no parallels between his life and the film but there is no mistaking his resemblance to the actor he cast in the director's part, Mathieu Amalric.
Polanski's comments seem all the more outrageous given that he is still wanted in the US for having unlawful sex with a minor.
However, as outrageous as they are, they were soon upstaged by Seigner's dress.
Polanski's leading lady stole the show at the film's premiere. Her loud red silk dress was one big plunging neckline, exposing an eye-popping amount of cleavage.
The long dress was also slit up to her thighs and as she waltzed down the red carpet with her diminutive husband all could see she was wearing matching red underwear.
The festival this year featured a number of controversial comments about women.
French director Francois Ozon, who presented a film called Young and Beautiful about a 17-year-old middle-class prostitute, told The Hollywood Reporter that lots of women dreamt of selling sex.
"I think women can really be connected with this girl because it's a fantasy of many women to do prostitution," he said.
When challenged by the interviewer, he insisted: "It is the reality. You speak with many women, you speak with shrinks, everybody knows that. Well, maybe not Americans."
Ozon later dismissed uproar over the remarks, saying he was only referring to women in his film.
US comedian Jerry Lewis was also lambasted for suggesting broad comedy was inappropriate for women actors.
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