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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


Top Billed Cast

  1. Agostina Belli

    Agostina Belli

    Marcella Valmarin alias Alba Doris

  2. Maurizio Arena

    Maurizio Arena


  3. William Berger

    William Berger


  4. Lino Toffolo

    Lino Toffolo

    Gondrano Rossi

  5. Cochi Ponzoni

    Cochi Ponzoni

    Roberto Trevisan

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The Career of a Chambermaid
The Career of a Chambermaid


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Original Title Telefoni bianchi

Status Released

Release Information

  • February 6, 1976


Original Language English

Runtime 2h 0m

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