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Jean Renoir’s The Diary of a Chambermaid


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Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, US 90024

March 5, 2023 | 7pm


UCLA AMIA Student Chapter hosts a double feature of The Diary of a Chambermaid by Jean Renoir and Anybody’s Woman by Dorothy Arzner. Before their time as esteemed faculty at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Dorothy Arzner and Jean Renoir were both esteemed auteurs. The UCLA AMIA Student Chapter celebrates Arzner’s incisive insight into women’s experiences and Renoir’s lyrical examination of sociopolitical dynamics, while also reflecting on what it just might have been like to attend each director’s “Advanced Motion Picture Direction” class during the early 1960s.

The Diary of a Chambermaid 
Paulette Godard plays the ambitious servant whose arrival into an eccentric household of decadent French aristocrats eventually wreaks havoc. Breaking away from the leisurely documentary style found in Jean Renoir’s previous U.S. film, The Southerner (1945), The Diary of a Chambermaid has a theatrically stylized continental flair. The film’s subversive bitterness and subtle melodramatic nature illustrate the director’s brilliant interweaving of the working and elite classes. 1946, US, 35mm, b&w, 87 min. Director: Jean Renoir. Screenwriter: Burgess Meredith.  With: Paulette Goddard, Burgess Meredith, Hurd Hatfield.  
Restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Part of: Archive Treasures: UCLA AMIA Student Chapter Takeover! 

Admission is free. No advance reservations. 

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