The Maids (DVD)

Directed by Christopher Miles

Release Year: 1975
Running Time: 94
UPC: 7 38329 02802 2
Color Type: Color
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Theatre
Select a Format
$29.95 $12.99 (57% off) Buy DVD
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."


DVD Extras Include:
  • Theatrical trailer
  • "Jean Genet and The Maids" - an essay by Michael Feingold, Chief Theater Critic, The Village Voice
  • The AFT Cinebill for The Maids
  • Stills Gallery
  • An interview with Edie Landau - Executive in charge, The American Film Theatre
  • Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera - AFT promotional reel (1974)
  • The American Film Theatre Trailer Gallery - Includes a complete list of the AFT films
  • The American Film Theatre scrapbook
  • Enhanced for 16 X 9 TVs


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

Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on May. 21 2019 at 8:11pm
"The sweetness of the film finds an amusing complement in its strange eroticism, itself part of the queerness of it…' https://t.co/XGqIBprFHM'
'@KinoLorber' on May. 21 2019 at 7:38pm
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming August 6th! A Foreign Affair (1948) w/ optional English subtitles • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Joseph…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 21 2019 at 4:16pm
RT' @LTSanFran': #WalkingOnWater opens at the #OperaPlaza this Friday with artist/film subject #Christo and director #AndreyMPaounov in perso…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 21 2019 at 4:15pm
ICYMI: Andrey Paounov's WALKING ON WATER is' @WNYC's' documentary of the week! Now playing in New York and Toronto, o…' https://t.co/tU1VHFMnHy'
'@KinoLorber' on May. 21 2019 at 3:54pm
RT' @BAMfilmBrooklyn': A soccer star's fall from grace sends him on a delirious odyssey in DIAMANTINO, screening at BAM May 31—Jun 11. This g…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 21 2019 at 3:11pm
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming August 6th! The Front Page (1974) • Audio Commentary by Film Historians Michael Schlesinger & Mark Evanier • I…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 21 2019 at 2:55pm
"The sweetness of the film finds an amusing complement in its strange eroticism, itself part of the queerness of it…' https://t.co/ylT7W139jD'
'@KinoLorber' on May. 21 2019 at 2:02pm
RT' @marshlands': I kept thinking about how much that kid sucked at ping-pong in Long Day's Journey Into Night and then I listened to an inte…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 21 2019 at 2:02pm
RT' @TIFF_NET': This week, join the Satanic Temple's crusade or take the nocturnal voyage that broke China's box office. Final screenings: 🎥…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 21 2019 at 2:01pm
RT' @PasteMagazine': Review: the sweetness of #Diamantino finds an amusing complement in its strange eroticism' https://t.co/hetrre8aAq' https:…
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