Diary of a chambermaid

Diary of a chambermaid

DVD - 2001 | French
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A chambermaid with Paris flair gets a job at a country estate. The family she works for and the other staff members are a strange sort and she must learn the ways of country living and neighbor revialry. After a child is murdered near the estate, she begins to have her suspicions as to whom may be responsible.

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VonHafenstaaad
May 01, 2017

The Diary of a Chambermaid is Luis Bunuel's masterpiece. Though it satirizes countless aspects of French society during the years leading up to WWII (1930, to be precise), includes several intriguing character studies, and carries off a complex plot, it still manages to captivate. Though there is an obvious political statement about fascism, Bunuel seems to have been more intent on showcasing the complacent attitudes of the bourgeoisie that allowed Europe to crumble into the throes of war.

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TheeAvebury
May 01, 2015

A strong film by Bunuel- perhaps not his most scathing look at the bourgeoisie but worth watching nonetheless. A fine performance by Jeanne Moreau as well.

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ms_mustard
Jan 05, 2015

this film does neither Bunuel nor Moreau any favours. I was surprised by how tame it was compared to earlier Bunuel films and how little Moreau was allowed her usual shine.

I'd love to be able to see Renoir's 1946 version of this Diary.

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Nursebob
Dec 11, 2014

There are no clear winners in Buñuel’s universe where self-serving fascists and liberals alike indulge in petty squabbles and meaningless ritual. On the other hand, the somewhat egotistical Chambermaid is not exactly the “conscientious observer” she believes herself to be as she ingratiates herself with both sides. Lacking both the energy and sardonic wit of his other films this is definitely not Buñuel’s best shot, but it manages to inflict a few wounds just the same.

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