Well, Bunuel is one of those famous directors, who has his strongly personal style, which means that some people don't seem to digest and others love his works. I myself have always been a great fan of Bunuel, he really is one of the greatest. The main reason I buyed this particular box was "The Milky Way", which is the hardest to find. "Chambermaid and especially "Belle De Jour" are much easier to get. All are fine films (those divine Deneuve and Moreau are giving their best)and it's always interesting to compare Renoir's Chambermaid with Bunuel's. A fine combination choosed to same box. Highly recommended. Matti
To my amazement, picked up this secondhand in reasonable condition at a Cash Converters for just £1.99!! You might not be so lucky though....
I already had Belle de Jour, Catherine Deneuve's film as a high class hooker, a "job" she takes on to aleviate boredom and to get more experience for her husband's sexual satisfaction. That's certificate 18.
I'd already seen Renoir's 1946 version of Diary Of a Chambermaid and wanted to see Bunuel's 1964 remake,(included here) which in many critic's eyes, is superior. It's in black and white and certificate 12 and casts a scathing eye over the 1928 French bourgeoisie.
As the other reviewer wrote, the gem of the set is the rare oddity 'The Milky Way', in colour and from 1968, also cert 12. In some quarters it's very highly rated and as a pilgrim's progress from Paris to a shrine in northern Spain, for two tramps it's a road movie that's full of class bigotry and religious hypocrisy. It's also very funny at times.
Belle De Jour is undoubtedly the best known movie here, Diary Of more typical of Bunuel and The Milky Way a rare treat, even for those, like me who aren't devout Bunuel fans.
The set is nicely laid out, quite sturdily made but there are no extras. English subtitles are standard and cannot be switched off and neither are there any other language/subtitle options. I wouldn't probably have been willing to pay full price, but I didn't need to...