director Luis Buñuel
Considered one of Luis Buñuel’s least surreal (and thus least representative) of his films, Diary of a Chambermaid is a beautifully shot and elegant drama with occasional bits of unexpected verve.
I’ve become a Buñuel aficionado in recent years and have been working slowly through his filmography. That said, I’m not sure what I think of Diary of a Chambermaid.
The cinematography is elegant and full of intent. It seems a great deal of the social commentary actually arose from the novel from which the film was adapted, Le Journal d’une femme de chambre by Octave Mirbeau, a critique of the bourgeoisie from the perspective of a house servant that includes her herself as she marries into the world.
The film’s star is Jeanne Moreau as the titular Célestine, and the film’s most hard to pin down character and representation is Joseph the groom (Georges Géret). He’s a fascist, proto-Nazi type and even more a child rapist and murderer. Célestine is in love with him but also wants him to be arrested?’
Diary of a Chambermaid strikes me as a film that expands itself on further viewing. I guess I am still in contemplation mode.