Claudine

Phoenix

Director John Berry, English, USA, 1974, 92 min, 15

A landmark film starring Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones, Claudine, addresses the conundrums of the welfare system and challenges the notions of the ‘welfare queen’. Claudine (Carroll) supports herself and her six children by working secretly as a maid, whilst garbage collector Roop attempts to win her affections and earn the trust of her children.