(aka 'Il Diario di una cameriera" or "Diary of a Chambermaid" or "The Diary of a Chambermaid')

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France / Italy 1964

 

  This wicked adaptation of the Octave Mirbeau novel is classic Luis Bu˝uel. Jeanne Moreau is Celestine, a beautiful Parisian domestic who, upon arrival at her new job at an estate in provincial 1930s France, entrenches herself in sexual hypocrisy and scandal with her philandering employer (Bu˝uel regular Michel Piccoli). Filmed in luxurious black-and-white Franscope, Diary of a Chambermaid is a raw-edged tangle of fetishism and murder—and a scathing look at the burgeoning French fascism of the era.

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Theatrical Release: March 4trh, 1964

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Runtime 1:37:57 1:33:42 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

2.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.46 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.29:1  Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.7 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0)

French (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Subtitles English, None English (burnt in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
2.33:1

Edition Details:

• Video interview with screenwriter and longtime Bu˝uel collaborator Jean-Claude CarriŔre (18:57)
• Transcript of a late 1970s interview with director Luis Bunuel
• Original theatrical trailer, narrated by Jeanne Moreau (3:35)

• 12 page liner notes booklet with essays etc.
 

DVD Release Date:
June 5th, 2001
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Chapters: 32

Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.29:1

Edition Details:
Comes in Boxset with Belle De Jour and The Milky Way
 

DVD Release Date:
Digipack

Chapters 20

 

 

 

Comments

The Warner appears to be zoomed in and hence cropped. It doesn't have the same level of sharpness or contrast that the Criterion does (or extras), but the big bonus of this Warner PAL Boxset is the stellar Belle De Jour and hence unseen on DVD Bunuel's The Milky Way. Its a shame about the burned-in subtitles on the Warner but we still consider the Warner a valued purchase, but the Criterion is the definitive "Diary of a Chambermaid" DVD (as if we ever doubted).

 - Gary Tooze

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Some people have said they had problems with edge enhancement on this DVD, but even where that might be the case, I think this is still was one of the best looking monochrome scope films in the DVD format to date.  Of course, Roger Fellous' cinematography is amazing and a beautiful use of the scope frame at that.  The Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono is not bad either and when you add its extras, this is one of Criterion's best DVD releases to date.  Jeanne Moreau is great in one of her best roles.

Nicholas Sheffo from FulvueDrive-In.com

 

 





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