The Maids [DVD] [English] [1975]

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Special Features

  • Theatrical trailer
  • "Jean Genet and The Maids," an essay by Michael Feingold, chief theatre critic of The Village Voice
  • The American Film Theatre Cinebill for The Maids
  • Stills gallery
  • Interview with Edie Landau, executive-in-charge of the American Film Theatre
  • "Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera" AFT promotion reel
  • American Film Theatre trailer gallery (including a complete list of the AFT films)
  • American Film Theatre Scrapbook
  • Enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs


The Maids
Directed by Christopher Miles, The Maids is a 1974 film version of the play by French absurdist writer Jean Genet. Solange (Glenda Jackson) and Claire (Susannah York) are two sisters who work as servants for a strict Madame (Vivian Merchant). When Madame and Monsieur (Mark Burns) leave the house, the two women enact dramatic role playing games. To get out their sexual frustrations against their boss and each other, they alternate the parts of master and servant. They both love and hate the Madame passionately enough to plot her murder. During a particularly intense game of play, Claire accidentally drinks the poison that was meant for the Madame. The Maids is part of producer Ely Landau's American Film Theatre Series, which ran in select theaters from 1973-1975. In 2003, all 14 films in the series were given a wide release on home video from Kino International. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Glenda Jackson
    Glenda Jackson - Solange
  • Susannah York
    Susannah York - Claire
  • Vivien Merchant
    Vivien Merchant - Madame
  • Mark Burns
    Mark Burns - Monsieur
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