The Diary of a Chambermaid

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  • Approved
  • 1946
  • 1 hr 26 min
  • 6.6  (1,449)

The Diary of a Chambermaid is a classic drama film from 1946 that tells the story of Celestine, a Parisian chambermaid who takes a job with a wealthy family in the countryside. The film stars the beautiful and talented Paulette Goddard as Celestine, Burgess Meredith as Captain Mauger, and Hurd Hatfield as Georges Lanlaire. The story begins with Celestine arriving at the Lanlaire household, where she is greeted by Madame Lanlaire, a cold and distant woman who scrutinizes Celestine's every move. Monsieur Lanlaire, on the other hand, is much older than his wife and appears to be smitten with Celestine from the moment he sees her.

Celestine quickly gets to work as the new chambermaid, and it is not long before she realizes that the Lanlaire household is full of secrets and hidden desires. She witnesses the sensual and flirtatious behavior between Monsieur Lanlaire and his chambermaid, Marianne, and quickly becomes disgusted by their behavior.

As Celestine begins to work her way into the lives of the other servants and local townspeople, she becomes the subject of desire and obsession from a variety of men. The most prominent of these is Captain Mauger, a military officer who becomes obsessed with Celestine and vows to make her his own.

As the story progresses, Celestine becomes involved in a series of scandals and becomes the subject of gossip and rumors throughout the household and the town. Despite her attempts to remain neutral and detached from the scandals, she eventually becomes embroiled in a series of events that lead to a shocking climax.

The Diary of a Chambermaid is a classic film that explores themes of power, desire, and social class in a subtle and nuanced way. The film is beautifully shot and features stunning performances from Paulette Goddard, Burgess Meredith, and Hurd Hatfield. It is a timeless classic that remains relevant today, and is an essential viewing experience for anyone interested in classic cinema.

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    1 hr 26 min
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    6.6  (1,449)