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The Maids [Blu-ray] [1975]

Release Date:06/19/2018
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    Special Features

    • "Ely Landau: In Fron of the Camera," a promotional film for the American Film Theatre
    • Gallery of trailers for the American Film Theatre
    • Interview with Edie Landau
    • Interview with director Christopher Miles (29 min.)


    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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