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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.
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.
Remarkably subtle and perceptive straightforward narrative on the rise of French fascism.
Second-tier compared to Buñuel's masterworks, this film is worth seeing because it is his.
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.
A riveting, if not minor, Bunuelian masterwork.
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.
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.
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.
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