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Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)
"Le journal d'une femme de chambre" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  9 March 1965 (USA)
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Celestine, the chambermaid, has new job on the country. The Monteils, who she works for are a group of strange people. The wife is frigid, her husband is always hunting (both animals and ... See full summary »

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Georges Géret ...
Joseph
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M Monteil
Françoise Lugagne ...
Mme Monteil
Jean Ozenne ...
M Rabour
Daniel Ivernel ...
M Mauger
Gilberte Géniat ...
Rose
Bernard Musson ...
Le sacristain
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Le curé
Dominique Sauvage ...
Claire
Muni ...
Marianne
Claude Jaeger ...
Le juge
Madeleine Damien
Geymond Vital
Jean Franval
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Celestine, the chambermaid, has new job on the country. The Monteils, who she works for are a group of strange people. The wife is frigid, her husband is always hunting (both animals and women) and her father is a shoe-fetishist. Joseph, the farm-labourer is a fascist and sexually attracted to Celestine. Celestine settles herself and talks to the neighbour, an ex-officer, who likes damaging his neighbour's things. After the death of the old man, she quits her job, but because of the rape and murder of a child 'Little Claire' she decides to stay, believing that Joseph is the murderer. To get his confession she sleeps with him and promises to marry him. In spite of her engagement she fakes evidence to implicate him in the murder. He is arrested, but is released because the evidence is inconclusive. She marries the ex-officer and takes on a housewife role similar to that of Madame Monteil Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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The demonstrating fascists shout "Vive Chiappe", a homage to the chief of the Parisian police who prohibited showing director Luis Buñuel's earlier film L'Age d'Or (1930) after fascists destroyed the cinema where it was being shown. See more »

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[first lines]
Céléstine: Are you from the priory?
Joseph: Yes.
Céléstine: Is it far?
Joseph: You'll see.
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Uneven
3 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

A young woman reports to work as a chambermaid at the residence of an eccentric family in the French countryside. Moreau is fine as the maid, a strong-willed woman who attracts the attention of practically every man in the household and neighborhood. Geret as a servant and Piccoli as the testosterone-laden man of the house also turn in notable performances. In one of his more accessible films, Bunuel creates some beautiful imagery with his wide-screen black and white cinematography. However, the script is uneven, with the plot point concerning the rape and murder of a child mixing uneasily with the political and comedic elements. The conclusion is abrupt and unsatisfying.


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