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Le journal d'une femme de chambre
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Diary of a Chambermaid -- Diary of a Chambermaid charts the ambitions of Celestine (Jeanne Moreau), a woman who comes to work in the 1930s for a Normandy estate occupied by Monsieur Rabour (Jean Ozenne), his daughter (Francoise Lugagne), and the daughter's husband, Monsieur Montiel (Michel Piccoli).


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Octave Mirbeau (based on the novel by)
Luis Buñuel (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
9 March 1965 (USA) See more »
Celestine, the chambermaid, has new job on the country. The Monteils, who she works for are a group of strange people... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Finally a Bunuel film I can make sense of! Oh, nevermind. See more (33 total) »


  (in credits order)

Jeanne Moreau ... Céléstine
Georges Géret ... Joseph

Michel Piccoli ... M Monteil
Françoise Lugagne ... Mme Monteil
Jean Ozenne ... M Rabour
Daniel Ivernel ... M Mauger
Gilberte Géniat ... Rose
Bernard Musson ... Le sacristain

Jean-Claude Carrière ... Le curé
Dominique Sauvage ... Claire
Muni ... Marianne
Claude Jaeger ... Le juge
Madeleine Damien ... La cuisinière des Monteil

Geymond Vital ... Le brigadier sur le quai de la gare
Jean Franval ... Le facteur
Marcel Rouzé ... Le chef de gare
Jeanne Pérez ... La commère
Andrée Tainsy ... La paysanne
Françoise Bertin
Pierre Collet ... Le voyageur
Aline Bertrand ... La voyageuse
Joëlle Bernard
Michel Dacquin (as Michel Dacquid)
Marcel Le Floch
Marc Eyraud ... Le secrétaire du commissaire
Gabriel Gobin ... Le brigadier qui vient arrêter Joseph
Marguerite Bour
Dominique Zardi ... Le policier

Directed by
Luis Buñuel 
Writing credits
Octave Mirbeau (based on the novel by)

Luis Buñuel (adaptation and dialogue) &
Jean-Claude Carrière (adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
Michel Safra .... producer
Serge Silberman .... producer
Cinematography by
Roger Fellous 
Film Editing by
Luis Buñuel 
Louisette Hautecoeur 
Production Design by
Georges Wakhévitch 
Costume Design by
Georges Wakhévitch 
Makeup Department
Simone Knapp .... hair stylist
Maguy Vernadet .... makeup artist
Production Management
Henri Baum .... production manager
Jacqueline Dudilleux .... assistant production manager
Ulrich Picard .... production manager (as U. Picard)
André Retbi .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Juan Luis Buñuel .... assistant director
Pierre Lary .... assistant director
Art Department
René Calviera .... assistant art director
Charles Merangel .... set dresser
Sound Department
Robert Cambourakis .... sound assistant
Antoine Petitjean .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Agathe Beaumont .... second assistant camera
Jean-Louis Castelli .... still photographer
Adolphe Charlet .... camera operator
René Schneider .... first assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jacqueline Moreau .... wardrober
Editorial Department
Arlette Lalande .... assistant editor
Other crew
Robert Demollière .... administrator
Suzanne Durrenberger .... script supervisor (as Suzanne Duremberg)
Odette Laeupplée .... production secretary
Maurice Otte .... production accountant
Jean Van Praag .... administrator

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Also Known As:
"Le journal d'une femme de chambre" - Italy (original title)
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101 min | France:97 min | Brazil:94 min | Argentina:97 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Ireland:12 (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Portugal:17 (censored version) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2001) | UK:15 (video rating) (1993) | UK:AA (original rating) (1981) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:12 (w)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Factual errors: At the train station, Célestine is supposed to be returning to Paris but she's waiting on the wrong side of the tracks: In one shot, one can clearly read "Direction Paris" on the other side.See more »
[first lines]
Céléstine:Are you from the priory?
Céléstine:Is it far?
Joseph:You'll see.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Chappaqua (1966)See more »


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20 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Finally a Bunuel film I can make sense of! Oh, nevermind., 31 October 1998
Author: Gregory P. Dorr from Portland, OR

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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