The Career of a Chambermaid

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Overview

This homage to Italy’s “White Telephone” films (sophisticated comedy-dramas revolving around working-class girls) of the 1930s gives Agostina Belli her best role – going from chambermaid to prostitute to singer to film-star to mistress of ‘Il Duce’! – for which she received a special David Di Donatello award, the Italian equivalent of the Oscar. Incidentally, the English title evokes memories of Octave Mirbeau’s ‘scandalous’ novel “Diary Of A Chambermaid” – thrice brought to the screen (in Hollywood in 1946 by Frenchman Jean Renoir, in France in 1964 by Spaniard Luis Bunuel and in 1974, typically as a sexploitationer, by prolific “Euro-Cult” exponent Jess Franco: the latter being the only one I haven’t watched and don’t own in any form). At other points in the narrative, the film also reminded me of A STAR IS BORN (itself filmed several times) and BELLE DE JOUR (1967), Bunuel’s celebrated classy treatment of prostitution…

  1. Dino Risi

    Director, Writer

  2. Ruggero Maccari

    Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Agostina Belli

    Agostina Belli

    Marcella Valmarin aka Alba Doris

  2. CP

    Cochi Ponzoni

    Roberto Trevisan

  3. Maurizio Arena

    Maurizio Arena

    Luciani

  4. WB

    William Berger

    Franz

  5. Lino Toffolo

    Lino Toffolo

    Gondrano Rossi

  6. Vittorio Gassman

    Vittorio Gassman

    Franco Denza

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Original Title Telefoni bianchi

Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 0m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • February 6, 1976
    Theatrical

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