Journal d’une femme de chambre

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Le Journal d’une femme de chambre

Tagebuch einer Kammerzofe

Luis Buñuel
I/F, 1964
87min, OmdU

Bild: Sammlung Österreichisches Filmmuseum

Le Journal d’une femme de chambre

Luis Buñuel
I/F, 1964
, 87min, OmdU

Cast: 
Jeanne Moreau
Céléstine
Michel Piccoli
Monteil
Georges Géret
Joseph
Françoise Lugagne
Mme Monteil
Screenplay: 
Luis Buñuel
Jean-Claude Carrière
Sound: 
Antoine Petitjean
Camera: 
Roger Fellous
Editor: 
Louisette Hautecoeur
Decoration: 
Georges Wakhévitch

Production: 
Ciné-Alliance
Filmsonor
Spéva Films
Dear Film Produzione
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White
based on the novel by Octave Mirbeau

The film follows Célestine after she moves from Paris to a rural Normandy estate where she works for a family of hypocrites and perverts. This seedier side of the French upper crust includes protagonists like an avid animal hunter and woman chaser, a haughty mistress and a foot-fetishist. Célestine herself attempts to use her feminine wiles to secure a place above her station while overlooking the possible repercussions of indulging an idle upper class. Transplanting the story from late 1800s to 1930, Buñuel was able to comment on French fascism and extremist politics, blaming the moral decay of the bourgeoisie for the subsequent political demise. The film ends with a political demonstration and protesters shouting “Down with the Republic! Death to the Jews! Long live Chiappe!” This name is Buñuel’s revenge against the rightwing civil servant Jean Chiappe, who suppressed L’ÂGE D’OR in 30’s. A must-see. (Rodrigo Perez, Oli Lyttelton, Diana Drumm)