1hr 56mins

Young aristocrat Tony (James Fox) gets more than he bargains for when he hires manservant Hugo Barrett, played with chilling magnetism by Dirk Bogarde, to accompany him at his newly acquired property in Chelsea.

When Barrett’s lover, sneakily introduced to Tony as his sister, moves into the house to serve as a maid, tensions rise as the boundaries between master and servant become increasingly blurred.

Joseph Losey

In this wonderfully suspenseful psychological drama we’re treated not only to some of the twentieth century’s finest acting talent, but a richly layered and supremely complex screenplay by Nobel prize-winning dramatist Harold Pinter, masterfully brought to life by director Joseph Losey (Accident, The Go Between).

Based on Robin Maugham’s 1948 novella of the same name, The Servant adopts the smouldering hyper-sexual backdrop of swinging 60s London to explore the tensions of the English class system and the highly discriminatory and pompous attitudes with which it was, and in many ways still is, upheld.

Drawing our attention as much to what’s said as what remains hidden, Pinter’s script pulls us into a warped and paranoid reality in which everyone has something to hide and nothing is quite as it seems. Benefitting from Douglas Slocombe’s beautifully enigmatic cinematography and an eerily smooth musical score by John Dankworth, The Servant is one of those films that continues to unravel long after the closing credits have rolled.


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