Luis Buñuel and co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière inventively update Octave Mirbeau’s turn-of-the-century novel to 1928 when similar social conflicts resurfaced involving working-class fascists making common cause with the aristocracy. In one of his “most sublime creations” (Michael Atkinson), Buñuel is able to explore the full palette of his decadent, fetishistic universe through a characteristically droll dissection of bourgeois values set within an uncommonly realist framework. Jeanne Moreau stars in one of her most nuanced and imperious performances as Céléstine, the chambermaid of the title. Co-stars Michel Piccoli.
DCP courtesy of Studio Canal