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144 Ratings

The Diary of a Chambermaid

Directed by Jean Renoir
United States, 1946
Drama, Romance


Celestine, the chambermaid, has a new job in the country, at the Lanlaires. She has decided to use her beauty to seduce a wealthy man. But Mr Lanlaire is not a right choice: all the house is firmly controlled by Mme Lanlaire, helped by the strange valet Joseph. Then she tries the neighbour.

The Diary of a Chambermaid Directed by Jean Renoir

Critics reviews

Renoir’s vision of contemporary France is comprehensive and pessimistic. He shows a ruling class divided between tyranny and impotence, a younger generation rendered ineffectual by vague dreams and literary fantasy, and a working class that yields to its most unsavory impulses in siding with its brutish overlords.
May 01, 2013
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Much as Renoir’s earlier, more plainly masterful The Rules of the Game buoyed its upstairs-downstairs drama with a spirit of abandon sharply odds with the seriousness of its themes and the breadth of its scope, Diary of a Chambermaid’s oddly jocund manner is a bit of savvy misdirection meant to mask its ulterior point, the real-world consequences of its fantasy setup smuggled in beneath the veneer of a blithe romp.
March 11, 2013
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