Quick-Thoughts: Luis Buñuel’s Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)

Luis Buñuel Marathon Round 2 (II of V)

Ay yo, props to Céléstine; I would’ve quit her chambermaid job on day one; that family is nuts! Perverts, rapists, sociopaths, pedophiles, neo-nazis, oh my! 

While I was excessively bugged by its crappy passage of time and uncanny resemblance to parts of Viridiana, Diary of a Chambermaid has its moments of poignancy and creative staging that I’ve come to expect from only the great Luis Buñuel.

I don’t know, though; this is essentially just a glimpse into some of the most narcissistic, clueless, and cruel types of people you can find in upper-class, lower-class, liberal or conservative populated areas, and as much as that can be revealing to individuals we encounter in our own society, it is nothing new that Buñuel hasn’t already gone over before. In fact, it’s around the equivalent to watching a recap of some random themes that you may find in his previous and FAR more concentrated projects.

Neat ending, though. 

Verdict: C+

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“Diary of a Chambermaid” is now available to stream on The Criterion Channel.

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