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Diary of a Chambermaid (Le journal d'une femme de chambre) (1965)

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Based on the 1900 novel by Octave Mirbeau, 'Diary of a Chambermaid' tells the story of an alluring chambermaid who enters the service of an eccentric family in rural France.

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Critic Reviews for Diary of a Chambermaid (Le journal d'une femme de chambre)

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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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
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Second-tier compared to Buñuel's masterworks, this film is worth seeing because it is his.

Full Review… | April 3, 2012
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A wonderfully vulgar film from the masterful Spanish director Luis Bunuel, Diary of a Chambermaid is an adaptation in spirit of Octave Mirbeau's novel and Jean Renoir's 1946 film.

Full Review… | August 31, 2006
TV Guide

Remarkably subtle and perceptive straightforward narrative on the rise of French fascism.

Full Review… | July 27, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Diary of a Chambermaid is a piercing examination of the bourgeoisie and its obsessions. Buñuel shows us the horrifying actions and results with varying amounts of drama and humor like only he could.

Full Review… | March 7, 2006
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

In the end, it's not the chambermaid's sellout that shocks us but the all-absorbing power of the bourgoisie (Bunuel's longtime enemy) against which it seems futile to revolt.

Full Review… | December 31, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Diary of a Chambermaid (Le journal d'une femme de chambre)

Luis Bunuel, one of the greatest of all directors, marked the beginning of his French era, with this acidic, sardonic and intellectual work.

Michael Tapakoudes
Michael Tapakoudes
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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.

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Matheus Carvalho

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