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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)
A sophisticated and self-assured woman from Paris joins a middle-class rural estate as a maid and causes quite a stir among the variously uptight, perverse and violent inhabitants.

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 ... 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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Storyline

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:

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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

Gross USA:

$17,754
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Sound Mix:

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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Version of Le journal d'une femme de chambre (2011) See more »

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Uneven
3 April 2009 | by kenjhaSee 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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