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

Not Rated  |   |  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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Jean Ozenne ...
M Rabour
Daniel Ivernel ...
Gilberte Géniat ...
Bernard Musson ...
Le sacristain
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Le curé
Dominique Sauvage ...
Claire
Muni ...
Claude Jaeger ...
Le juge
Madeleine Damien ...
La cuisinière des Monteil
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Le brigadier sur le quai de la gare
Jean Franval ...
Le facteur
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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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Finally a Bunuel film I can make sense of! Oh, nevermind.
31 October 1998 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

This is the most straight-forward film I've seen by the surrealist master Bunuel, and despite its cryptic turn in the final moments, is funny, chilling, and a bit nasty. The story follows an urbane chambermaid from Paris who comes to work at the country estate of a repressed bourgeosie family. She weathers passes from every man in sight and deflects them, but for morally ambiguous reasons. Moral ambiguity is rampant, as it is so often in Bunuel's films, and spread liberally amongst all classes. It's subtly a film about selling out, except that nobody seemed to have any principles to begin with. Good fun. Now tell me what the ending was all about.


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