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Diary of a Chambermaid

Luis Buñuel

 
Diary of a Chambermaid (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Out of Print
  • France
  • 1964
  • 98 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • French
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  • Spine #117

This wicked adaptation of the Octave Mirbeau novel is classic Luis Buñuel. Jeanne Moreau is Celestine, a beautiful Parisian domestic who, upon arrival at her new job at an estate in provincial 1930s France, entrenches herself in sexual hypocrisy and scandal with her philandering employer (Buñuel regular Michel Piccoli). Filmed in luxurious black-and-white Franscope, Diary of a Chambermaid is a raw-edged tangle of fetishism and murder—and a scathing look at the burgeoning French fascism of the era.

Cast

CelestineJeanne Moreau
Monsieur Monteil Michel Piccoli
JosephGeorges Géret
Captaine Mauger Daniel Ivernel
Madame Monteil Françoise Lugagne
Monsieur RabourJean Ozenne
MarianneMuni
The priestJean-Claude Carrière

Credits

DirectorLuis Buñuel
ProducerSerge Silberman and Michael Safra
ScreenplayLuis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carrière
From the novel byOctave Mirbeau
CinematographyRoger Fellous
CameramanAdolphe Charlet
Decors and costumesGeorges Wakhévitch
SoundAntoine Petitjean
EditingLouisette Hautecoeur
Assistant directorPierre Lary and Jean-Luis Buñuel
Production managerHenri Baum

Disc Features

  • Spectacular new widescreen transfer, with digitally restored image and sound and enhanced for 16×9 televisions
  • Video interview with screenwriter and longtime Buñuel collaborator Jean-Claude Carrière
  • Transcript of a late 1970s interview with director Luis Bunuel
  • Original theatrical trailer, narrated by Jeanne Moreau
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Keiko Kimura

Film Essays

Diary of a Chambermaid

By Michael Atkinson June 04, 2001

Openly, serenely delighted with how our own dreams can appall us, and how close movies are to that appalling dreaminess, Luis Buñuel may have been the greatest filmmaker of the first century. . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Diary of a Chambermaid

By Michael Atkinson June 04, 2001

Openly, serenely delighted with how our own dreams can appall us, and how close movies are to that appalling dreaminess, Luis Buñuel may have been the greatest filmmaker of the first century. . . . Read more »

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