Diary of a Chambermaid (Criterion Collection)

Starring: Jeanne Moreau & Michel Piccoli Director: Luis Buñuel
Rating 4.6
13 ratings
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Item:  CRRN DIA070D
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • 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
  • Audio:
    • Mono - French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Production Interviews: Jean-Claude Carriere
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Additional Text: Interview with Bunuel

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Entertainment Reviews:

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..."

Product Description:

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.

Plot Synopsis:

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.

Plot Keywords:

Adventure | Essential Cinema | Family Interaction | Recommended | Suspense | Theatrical Release | Thriller

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