The Maids (1975)





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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
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Glenda Jackson
as Solange
Susannah York
as Claire
Mark Burns
as Monsieur

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just ok i was expecting more but u can really tell this is based on a play as most of the movie takes place in just one room.

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

yep, well the silent film was made in 1902, and it was fascinating to watch with the little special effects they had at the time to use the other to films were a waste of my eye strain

Sookie Sapperstein
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