The Diary of a Chambermaid

Synopsis: Celestine, the chamber-maid, 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: the house is firmly controlled by Madame Lanlaire, helped by the strange valet Joseph. Then she tries the neighbour, former officer Mauger. This seems to work. But soon the son of the Lanlaires comes back. He is young, attractive and does not share his mother's antirepublican opinions. So Celestine's beauty attracts Captain Mauger, young Georges Lanlaire, and Joseph. Three men, from three different social classes, with three different conceptions of life. Will Celestine be able to convince Georges of her sincerity? Will sinister and inflexible Joseph let his views on Celestine be ruined? A quite disillusioned depiction of humanity.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Jean Renoir
Production: United Artists
  1 win.
86 min

Excuse me.

- Are you from the Lanlaire's?

- You the new chambermaid?

Let me see you references

Let me see your hands?

You're the scullery maid?

There's a train leaving for Paris

in twenty minutes, take it.

- But, I don't have money

- That's your business

Besides, a girl with your looks,

well, it'll be too much

I'm sorry sir, but it's not my fault

I'll work for less, I'll do anything.

- What else can I do?

- Come on, you!

Just a moment

Are you Mr. Lanlaire?

I run the Lanlaire's establishment.

I know what you are

you are the valet.

I am the valet, among other things.

You are the valet, and that's all

And don't put on airs with me.

And you can just go tell

whoever it is you work for...

that because you didn't like her,

the chambermaid's is quitting too.

That's all, you may go

- You shouldn't have done it for me

- I didn't

My, but you are brave

I wish I was brave like that

I wish I were too. I've never

talked like that in my life.

And stop crying, stupid

we can cry all the way back to Paris

Wait a minute!

I changed my mind

Get in both of you


Oh! Get my things.

- He must be a very important man

- He's a valet

- No, no, no...

- No, no, no...

- What's your name?

- Louise

- And what's yours?

- Joseph

My name's Celestine,

in case anybody's interested.

I see

- Are you sure he's only a valet?

- He's an undertaker

What I know about

valets would fill my diary.

Here's your room.

- For both of us?

- Yes

- There's only one bed

- I'll sleep on the floor

Stop shrugging!

Bring another bed.

I don't ever want to see

you shrug your shoulders again.

- You never do it!

- It's what I've done all my life.

Do this, do that,

bring me this, bring me that...

you eat too much sugar,

are you clean?

- I'm sick of it!

- Yes!

You don't know it, but

you've changed my whole life.

When I saw you at the station

I understood what was wrong with me.

All of a sudden I understood.

Life is life. From now on

I'm going to fight hard...

and I don't care who

gets hurt just so it's not me.

I'm not going to be a

chambermaid any longer. No, I'm not.

I'm going to be a mistress

and have a house of my own.

Oh! Excuse me!

And I'm going to grab the first man

I meet and get where I'm going.

I don't care if he's handsome

or ugly, or young, or old...

just so he's got money,

that's the main thing, money.


They've always hurt me,

so from now on, I'm going to use them.

No more love for Celestine

I'm going to write that down

so I'll never, never forget it.

I hope you like to work.

Hard work keeps you out of mischief.

What kind of mischief

could you get into?

Having 6 or 7 gentlemen friends

after me at the same time...

fighting over me. That's enough

mischief for anybody, isn't it?

Clean the sink,

that'll keep you busy for a while


- New?

- Yes

Are you from the village?

Do you have a good time here?

You'll be seeing us the

first afternoon we have off.

- What's your name?

- His name's Pierre

Run along now, we're busy.

- He's nice

- Where's the other one?

- Celestine? She's coming

- She get into mischief, too?

She's my closest friend

We get into mischief together.

Oh! Mr. Lanlaire!

Did you have a good hunt sir?

I don't like the kill

I never carry cartridges.

Up, up, there's a good dog.

I hunt to walk,

to get away from this house.

I had them hidden for you, Sir.

Ouch! Hot!

Is it good?

Went down the wrong way. Thank you.

Would you like a nice bottle

of cold cider to wash it down?

I'm Celestine, the new maid

I'm starving, would you give some?

What do you do around here?

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Burgess Meredith

Oliver Burgess Meredith (November 16, 1907 – September 9, 1997) was an American actor, director, producer, and writer. Active for more than six decades, Meredith has been called "a virtuosic actor" and "one of the most accomplished actors of the century". A life member of the Actors Studio by invitation, he won several Emmys, was the first male actor to win the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor twice, and was nominated for two Academy Awards.He established himself as a leading man in Hollywood with critically acclaimed performances as George Milton in Of Mice and Men (1939), Ernie Pyle in The Story of G.I. Joe (1945), and the narrator of A Walk in the Sun (1945). Meredith was known later in his career for his appearances on The Twilight Zone and for portraying arch-villain The Penguin on the 1960s TV series Batman and boxing trainer Mickey Goldmill in the Rocky film series. For his performances in The Day of the Locust (1975) and Rocky (1976), he received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He later starred in the comedy Foul Play (1978) and the fantasy film Clash of the Titans (1981). He narrated numerous films and documentaries during his long career, including Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)."Although those performances renewed his popularity," observed Mel Gussow in The New York Times, "they represented only a small part of a richly varied career in which he played many of the more demanding roles in classical and contemporary theater—in plays by Shakespeare, O'Neill, Beckett and others." more…

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