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The Maids (1975)

A film version of Genet's play. Two maids, Solange and Claire, hate their employers and, while they are out, take turns at dressing up as Madame and insulting her.

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Christopher Miles

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Robert Enders (screenplay), Jean Genet (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Glenda Jackson ... Solange
Susannah York ... Claire
Vivien Merchant ... Madame
Mark Burns Mark Burns ... Monsieur
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A film version of Genet's play. Two maids, Solange and Claire, hate their employers and, while they are out, take turns at dressing up as Madame and insulting her. Written by Will Gilbert

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Drama | Romance

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1977 (Sweden) See more »

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Jean Genet's The Maids See more »

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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Last cinema feature of Vivien Merchant. See more »

Quotes

Solange: Madame is getting carried away!
Claire: I'm getting carried away by the devil! In his fragrant arms he's lifting me. I'm taking off! I'm high!
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Version of Die Zofen (2008) See more »

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Does Genet justice
10 September 2003 | by jastevens42See all my reviews

I first saw 'The Maids' on PBS in the early 1980s, and loved it. The American Film Series was briefly available in Betamax format, but has long been unavailable. Now the series has been released on VHS and DVD, and I am delighted.

At the time I was unfamiliar with the play; this film served as an introduction to Genet's work, and further to the so-called 'Theatre of the Absurd.' Glenda Jackson and Susannah York give absolutely incredible performances as Solange and Claire, the title characters, who take turns dressing as their mistress (played by Vivien Merchant), and abusing each other in a parody of the master/slave relationship. It is difficult to recapitulate the plot in the space provided. Being faithful to the source text, the film is very wordy, and with a lesser cast and director would probably be unwatchable, but if you like full-throttle acting by three of the twentieth century's best actresses, and don't need an edit every four seconds, this is worth your time.


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