Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1964 • France
Starring Jeanne Moreau, Michel Piccoli
This wicked adaptation of the Octave Mirbeau novel is classic Luis Buñuel. 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 (Buñuel 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.