The Maids (Blu-ray)

Directed by Christopher Miles

Release Year: 1975
Running Time: 94
UPC: 7 38329 22968 9
Color Type: Color
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Theatre
Select a Format
$29.95 $17.97 (40% off) Buy Blu-ray
Available on digital
Booking Inquiry
Cast
Vivien Merchant
Susannah York
Glenda Jackson

Crew
Cinematographer Douglas Slocombe
Directed by Christopher Miles

Jean Genet, one of the most celebrated creative minds of the 20th century, receives an unbridled, expertly cinematic rendering in this long unseen film based on his perverse play. The Maids' volatile mixture of class confrontation, Freudian passion and criminal mischief frames an acid-etched portrait of two sisters whose hatred and desire twist their tortured lives together into a relentless downward spiral of guilt, degradation, and freedom at any cost.

Glenda Jackson (A Touch of Class) and Susannah York (A Man For All Seasons) play Solange and Claire, Paris maids who tend to cruel socialite Madame's (Vivien Merchant) unending domestic needs. Whenever Madame is away, the sisters obsessively act out a complex role-playing psychodrama of domination and control that feeds their powerful lust for revenge upon the haughty, disdainful mistress they serve. But after falsely denouncing Madame's lover to the police, Solange and Claire's shared terror of arrest and the unchecked aggression with which they increasingly infuse their "ceremony" threaten to destroy them even as they perch on the threshold of ecstatic release.

Director Christopher Miles (A Time For Loving) and legendary cinematographer Douglas Slocombe (Julia, Raiders of the Lost Ark) focus Genet's heady theatricallity into a riveting and dynamic cinematic experience. In a world where the lines are drawn between mistress, servant, confession, accusation, degradation, redemption, murder, and suicide become as fragile as French lace, the fatal truth remains that, "naturally, maids are guilty when madams are innocent."


Blu-ray Extras Include:

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


To read more about Kino Lorber Edu's terms of use and ordering information, visit Kino Lorber Edu.

Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on Aug. 5 2020 at 7:11pm
RT' @FReelReviews': Break out the double-breasted, pinstripes suits! ABANDONED finds itself on #bluray thanks to Kino Lorber’s ongoing Film…
'@KinoLorber' on Aug. 5 2020 at 7:11pm
RT' @vanessabuttino': New in today's mailbox 📬 Films from' @WarnerArchive'' @KinoLorber'' @KLStudioClassic'' @UniversalPics' &' @Disney' Just look at t…
'@KinoLorber' on Aug. 5 2020 at 7:10pm
RT' @themovieisle': Diva is as stylish a movie as you’ll ever see.' @KinoLorber/@KLStudioclassic' new gorgeous Blu-Ray gives us a wealth of spe…
'@KinoLorber' on Aug. 5 2020 at 7:10pm
RT' @JustTheDiscsPod': Blu-rays for A couple of my favorite underrated Douglas Sirk films! These' @kinolorber' Blurays are snazzed up with comm…
'@KinoLorber' on Aug. 5 2020 at 7:09pm
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming October 27th! Alistair MacLean’s THE SECRET WAYS (1961) • Brand New 2K Master • NEW Audio Commentary by Film H…
'@KinoLorber' on Aug. 5 2020 at 3:06pm
Bob Clark was #BornOnThisDay in 1939. Proud to have his films MURDER BY DECREE (1979) and PORKY'S II: THE NEXT DAY…' https://t.co/j59cqWyLB4'
'@KinoLorber' on Aug. 5 2020 at 1:58pm
"A time capsule which captures an iconic American author in his natural state and habitat." –' @hammertonail' You Ne…' https://t.co/baIXLR798p'
'@KinoLorber' on Aug. 5 2020 at 12:24pm
"If you're a fan of silent films, you'll certainly want to add The Shakedown to your collection. For everyone else,…' https://t.co/doTzCCStGA'
'@KinoLorber' on Aug. 5 2020 at 11:26am
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming October 20th! KILLDOZER (1974) • Brand New 2K Master • NEW Audio Commentary by Director Jerry London w/ Film H…
'@KinoLorber' on Aug. 4 2020 at 5:15pm
RT' @SFC_Datebook': Most of us in these quarantine times can learn how an uncensored night at home could be well spent from “You Never Had It…
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018

Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing dninh@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
email: edu@kinolorber.com