This is Jean Genet’s first play, newly and expertly translated by David Rudkin and vividly directed by Geraldine Alexander. Set in a prison cell. The two plays featured in this volume represent Genet’s first attempts to analyze the mores of a bourgeois society he had previously been content simply to vilify. Deathwatch [Jean Genet] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Deathwatch, Jean Genet’s earliest play, was first performed in Paris in

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I have seen several films such as this but this one tops the list of ones not to watch. Genet is, of course, a ‘master’ at depicting such things. I don’t know why I always subject myself to re-reading “Deathwatch” when I pull this collection off the shelf.

Dec 28, RB rated it really liked it Shelves: One of them is on death row and will be executed very shortly.

I saw them perform an Ionescu play too. Looking for beautiful books? Apr 29, Scott Deathdatch rated it really liked it. Return to Book Page. In The Maids, two domestic workers, deeply resentful of their inferior social position, try to revenge themselves against society by destroying their employer. Full Cast and Crew. Yes No Report this.

Every movie I’ve ever seen. But so is Genet with his queer brawls. Deathwatch Jean Genet No preview available – Edit Did You Know? The first text, The Maidsconcerns two servants who plan elaborate rebellions against their master, via acting out the murder.


Deathwaatch is no question as to which of them is the dominant dog in the pack: Edit Cast Credited cast: You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Add the first question. I would be tickled to learn that the fearsome Genet shied away from profanity for some reason. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

Aug 10, Sketchbook rated it did not like it. He spent five years at the Mettray Reformatory and as a young adult spent time in various European prisons for vagrancy, homosexuality, theft, and smuggling.

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Meanwhile, “The Maids” is one of my favorite plays of the 20th century. So geneg I appreciate the play and Genet’s work as important theatrical influences, I wouldn’t say I genuinely enjoyed reading this play. Well, that’s not good enough. Both plays were intense and uncomfortable, presumably as they were meant to be.

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Which by the way, according to Edmund White’s biography, he thought this was his worst work. Audible Download Audio Books.

I doubt it was all that much better in French in Every decent used bookstore has this title in their Drama section. But basically it’s not the kind of play I particularly enjoy. The second play, Deathwatch is equally dark but ,again, reveals the depths that paranoia and imposed loneliness can drive an individual to sink into even while attempting unsuccessfully to attain some sense of empathy with another doomed soul.

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The Maids is loosely based on the infamous Paoin sisters who brutally murdered their employer and her daughter, in Francethough the play is not the story deathwafch the Papin sisters as such. He died on April 15, By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.


Still, interested to read some of Genet’s n just finished “The Maids” because it was first, but I actually started reading this because of a combination of having just read the Patti Smith bio and “Deathwatch” being the name of a song I like a lot which I am assuming is referencing the second play in this edition.

There are a few interesting lines in The Maidsbut the plot is silly. Our Lady of deahwatch Flowers Jean Genet. Dec 28, Jon rated it liked it Shelves: Once upon a time it was my most successful POD project ever. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

But the real gem is The Maids. I understand it and can appreciate it, but I don’t particularly gemet it, I would probably never choose to teach it, and I would probably be fine if I never read it again or saw it performed. Anyone who’s played servant for any length of time will immediately get why the plan to off the mistress is sound I gnet know why I always subject myself to re-reading “Deathwatch” when I pull this collection off the shelf.

Want to Read saving…. Nov 04, Tosh rated it it was amazing.