Diary of a Chambermaid (Le journal d'une femme de chambre)1965
Diary of a Chambermaid (Le journal d'une femme de chambre) (1965)
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Critic Reviews for Diary of a Chambermaid (Le journal d'une femme de chambre)
Less fantastical than much of Luis Bunuel's work, this 1964 adaptation of Octave Mirbeau's novel demonstrates that realism and surrealism aren't the polar opposites some might think.
Sadly, the intervening decades seem to have weakened Mr. Bunuel's powers. His new adaptation of Octave Mirbeau's Diary of a Chambermaid suffers in comparison with the strange but memorable version Jean Renoir did with Paulette Goddard in 1946.
The Diary of a Chambermaid was a crucial turning point in Luis Buñuel's career because it would officially usher in the French period of the director's later years.
Impressive in the film is the graceful, mature manner in which the characters subtly reveal the dramatics of the story.
...just when it seems to settle in as a black comedy, the movie turns grisly.
Audience Reviews for Diary of a Chambermaid (Le journal d'une femme de chambre)
This is another Buñuelian study on the rotten core of the bourgeois, but the fact that it comes disguised as a sort of household drama makes one have to look harder to see into his agenda. The always fascinating Jeanne Moreau and the glossy widescreen cinematography make it stand out among the director's other films, but I frankly prefer when he's having fun with his sardonic and sinister view of the world.
fairly conventional and far from buñuel's best; it's a serviceable study of the foibles of the bourgeois and hypocrisy of small town life. moreau is always watchable. i'm interested to see renoir's version with paulette goddard
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