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The diary of a chambermaid

Author: James StacyBurgess MeredithBenedict BogeausJean RenoirArthur M LandauAll authors
Publisher: United States : [Released through United Artists], [©1946]
Edition/Format:   Film : Film   Visual material : English : [Original release version. "The commercially available Diary prints of recent years contained inauthentic main titles. In addition, the shots of Paulette Goddard writing in her diary were all replaced with crudely made substitutes (quite possibly to make the handwriting more legible on TV). The original negative is not known to have survived. In collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the UCLA Film and Television Archive has made a new preservation negative and prints from high quality 1946 pre-print elements that correct the cinematic tampering of the past"--Program notes by Todd Wiener]View all editions and formats
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"In 1885, Celestine, a chambermaid, is so tired of her station in life that when she arrives at her new post, the rural French home of the Lanlaires, she vows to use the next available man to achieve wealth. The following morning, Joseph, the sadistic valet, shows Celestine the vault in which the family keeps their silver, which is used only on independence day, 14 July, when they drink to the death of the Republic.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Features
Drama
Material Type: Film
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: James Stacy; Burgess Meredith; Benedict Bogeaus; Jean Renoir; Arthur M Landau; Lucien Andriot; Eugene Lourié; Julia Heron; Karinoka, Madame; Greta; Otis Malcolm; Hedvig Mjorud; Scotty Rackin; William Lynch; David Chudnow; James Smith; Michel Michelet; Paulette Goddard; Hurd Hatfield; Francis Lederer; Judith Anderson; Florence Bates; Irene Ryan; Reginald Owen; Almira Sessions; Octave Mirbeau; André House; André de Lorde; Thielly Nores; M&A Alexander Productions.; United Artists Corporation.; Camden Productions.
OCLC Number: 422863012
Notes: Drama; feature.
"Adapted from the novel by Octave Mirbeau and the play by André House, André de Lorde, and Thielly Nores."
Bracketed credits supplied from Variety review, January 30, 1946.
Distributor and copyright date supplied from Copyright catalog, 1940-1949.
"Western Electric Recording."
Playing time on release was 86 min., according to: Film daily yearbook, 1947.
"Passed by the National Board of Review. Approved, MPPDA, certificate no. [illegible]."
Copyright: Camden Productions, Inc.; 15Feb42; LP172.
Credits: Production associate, Arthur M. Landau; cinematographer, Lucien Andriot; production designed by Eugene Lourié; set decorations, Julia Heron; Miss Goddard's costumes by Madame Karinoka; wardrobe, Greta; makeup artist, Otis Malcolm; Miss Goddard's hair stylist, Hedvig Mjorud; hair stylist, Scotty Rackin; sound technician, William Lynch; dialogue director, Paula Walling; musical supervisor, David Chudnow; assistant director, Joseph Depew; supervising editor, James Smith. Assistant to producer, Corley Harriman; musical score by Michel Michelet. [Special effects, Lee Zavitz].
Cast: Paulette Goddard [Celestine]. Also starring Burgess Meredith [Mauger], Hurd Hatfield [Georges], Francis Lederer [Joseph]. With Judith Anderson [Mme. Lanlaire], Florence Bates [Rose], Irene Ryan [Louise], and Reginald Owen [Lanlaire]. [Almira Sessions (Marianne)].
Other Titles: Diary of a chambermaid (Motion picture : 1946)
Responsibility: M & A Alexander Productions, Inc. ; James Stacy presents ; screenplay by Burgess Meredith ; produced by Benedict Bogeaus and Burgess Meredith ; directed by Jean Renoir.

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"In 1885, Celestine, a chambermaid, is so tired of her station in life that when she arrives at her new post, the rural French home of the Lanlaires, she vows to use the next available man to achieve wealth. The following morning, Joseph, the sadistic valet, shows Celestine the vault in which the family keeps their silver, which is used only on independence day, 14 July, when they drink to the death of the Republic. Later, Celestine flirts with Monsieur Lanlaire, who is dominated by his disagreeable wife. When Lanlaire offers Celestine money to buy a present, she asks instead for a piece of the silver. Their conversation is interrupted by the Lanlaires' next-door neighbor, Captain Mauger, who throws a rock through Lanlaire's greenhouse. Mauger, a hyperactive man who eats flowers and lives alone with his servant Rose, now presses Celestine to come and live with him. As an inducement, he offers to marry her and make her a present of the 25,000 francs he has hidden in the house. When the Lanlaires' tubercular son Georges comes home, Madame Lanlaire buys the attractive Celestine new dresses and instructs her to care for Georges, in hopes that her charms will keep him at home. Despite Celestine's allure, Georges announces his intention to leave for Paris. That night, Madame Lanlaire sends Celestine, dressed in her nightclothes, to Georges's room with some broth. At first, Georges is happy to see her, but later accuses Celestine of conspiring with his mother. Celestine realizes that Madame Lanlaire was using her for her own purposes and angrily quits her job. When she asks Joseph for a ride to the station, however, he begs her to stay and explains that he has saved almost enough money to buy a café in Cherbourg. Joseph intends to steal the Lanlaires' silver on independence day and offers to marry Celestine and set her up in the café with the profits. Reluctantly, Celestine agrees to stay until after the independence day celebration. Joseph's plans are thwarted, however, by Madame Lanlaire, who has overheard his conversation with Celestine. A desperate Joseph now plans to steal Mauger's fortune. While Mauger and Celestine are at the celebration in the village, Joseph searches the house, but Mauger returns unexpectedly and Joseph kills him. Celestine sees Joseph come out of Mauger's garden with a shovel and realizes what has occurred. Nonetheless, when Joseph announces that he intends to marry Celestine and leave, she does not denounce him. Georges is extremely upset by the announcement, and Madame Lanlaire begs Joseph to take Celestine away from her son, which he agrees to do in exchange for the silver. Joseph and Celestine leave the Lanlaires with a cart full of silver, but are stopped by the crowds celebrating in the village. Hoping to delay their departure, Celestine hands out the silver to the villagers. Georges arrives while she is doing this, and he and Joseph struggle. The townspeople join in the fight and Joseph is killed. Later, Celestine and Georges board the train together"--AFI catalog, 1941-1950.

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