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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)
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 »

Director:

Luis Buñuel (as Luis Bunuel)

Writers:

Octave Mirbeau (based on the novel by), Luis Buñuel (adaptation) (as Luis Bunuel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Moreau ... Céléstine
Georges Géret ... Joseph
Daniel Ivernel Daniel Ivernel ... M Mauger
Françoise Lugagne Françoise Lugagne ... Mme Monteil
Muni ... Marianne
Jean Ozenne Jean Ozenne ... M Rabour
Michel Piccoli ... M Monteil
Joëlle Bernard Joëlle Bernard ... (as Joelle Bernard)
Françoise Bertin Françoise Bertin
Jean-Claude Carrière ... Le curé
Aline Bertrand Aline Bertrand ... La voyageuse
Pierre Collet Pierre Collet ... Le voyageur
Michel Dacquin Michel Dacquin ... (as Michel Dacquid)
Madeleine Damien Madeleine Damien ... La cuisinière des Monteil
Marc Eyraud Marc Eyraud ... Le secrétaire du commissaire
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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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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 March 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diary of a Chambermaid See more »

Filming Locations:

Mennecy, Essonne, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,432, 15 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,754, 17 December 2000
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The protest at the end of the film, is based on a real protest which took place in 1934. The Far-right leagues (Ligues d'extrême droite) were protesting about the removal of Jean Chiappe from his position as Prefect of Police by Édouard Daladier, president of the Conseil (Council), France's governing body. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Céléstine: Are you from the priory?
Joseph: Yes.
Céléstine: Is it far?
Joseph: You'll see.
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Referenced in Llámale Jess (2000) See more »

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Finally a Bunuel film I can make sense of! Oh, nevermind.
31 October 1998 | by GreedorrSee 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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