- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: June 5, 2001
- Originally Released: 1964
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer - RSDL
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Additional Release Material:
- Production Interviews: Jean-Claude Carriere
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Additional Text: Interview with Bunuel
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 06/08/2001
"...This is the movie that either completed the director's middle period or began the rich final one..."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2001
"...As acutely observed as any British upstairs-downstairs comedy of manners, the film uses irony and understatement to devastating effect..."
Luis Bunuel became the second filmmaker, after Jean Renoir, to adapt Octave Mirbeau's novel about a social-climbing chambermaid, and the upper-class home in which she works. However, Bunuel has updated the book by a quarter-century and veers from its words in order to stay true to its spirit...
The story follows Celestine, who arrives at the Rabour-Monteil residence, where she encounters the family patriarch, a foot fetishist who cannot resist trying to seduce every maid; his resistant wife (who finds his "constant" demands for sex -- twice a week -- overwhelming); and, most important, Joseph, a fascistic and murderous man-servant who believes in maintaining France for the French... and who wants Celestine for his bride.
A powerful and politically prescient film, that speaks to the present day as much as of the time in which it was made.
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