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The Maids (1975)

A film version of Genet's play. Two house cleaners, 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

Writers:

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 ... 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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Sisters. Servants. Sinners.

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1977 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Jean Genet's The Maids See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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

Quotes

Solange: Naturally, maids are guilty, when madame's are innocent. Oh Madame... if I had been your executioner, I would have carried out your sentence to the last drop. The tea you have refused to drink - I would have broken your jaw open and poured it down your throat.
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American Film Theatre
16 December 2002 | by dimemoriesSee all my reviews

This was part of the 2nd season of "American Film Theater" - producer Ely Landau's idea of filming plays and showing them in theatres for only 2 days and nights and you had to buy tickets in advance a la a night at the theater or a concert . . . I believe they sold tickets at the door only if there were any left (much like theater or concerts)

The first season included the likes of "The Iceman Cometh", and "The Man in The Glass Booth" and "The Maids" were among the 2nd season. This was an interesting idea but I'm sure it was unsuccessful. It seems that these pictures have vanished since their original brief theatrical release.

"The Maids" played in US theatres in February 1975


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