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

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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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 9, 1965
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Eugene Archer
New York Times

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Josh Larsen

...just when it seems to settle in as a black comedy, the movie turns grisly.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

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Cole Smithey

Utterly stunning.

Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Second-tier compared to Buñuel's masterworks, this film is worth seeing because it is his.

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Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

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.

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Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine

A riveting, if not minor, Bunuelian masterwork.

Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Matheus Carvalho
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… More
Stefanie C
amour fou?
Stella Dallas
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… More