(out of 5)
One of Luis Bunuel’s most enjoyable films is this kinky, fetishistic drama. A mysterious woman (Jeanne Moreau) applies for a job as a chambermaid in a well-to-do countryside manor and, after she gets her strict instructions from the not-too-sweet madame of the household, immediately gets comfortable in her new surroundings. Her appearance sparks the ire of a groundskeeper and the delight of the owner’s old father, who immediately initiates Moreau into his world of boot fetishes. Then there is a rape and murder of a young girl in the nearby woods and our heroine turns her head towards crime fighting. Scintillating from beginning to end, this film doesn’t have one single dull moment, and Moreau rules over it like the true cinema goddess that she is. The photography is gorgeous black-and-white widescreen Cinemascope, so if you can get a letterboxed edition than make sure it’s the one you see.
Directed by Luis Bunuel
Cinematography by Roger Fellous
Production Design by Georges Wakhevitch
Costume Design by Georges Wakhevitch
Film Editing by Luis Bunuel, Louisette Hautecoeur