The Servant

The Servant

Joseph Losey (1963)

110min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Scripted by Harold Pinter from Robin Maugham's novel, this claustrophobic tale of envy and manipulation sees James Fox descend from a champagne lifestyle into a decadent dependence upon his servant, Dirk Bogarde. The snarling story is handled with great insight by director Joseph Losey, who had keenly studied the British class system since being exiled from Hollywood in 1951 during the Communist witch-hunt. Sarah Miles and Wendy Craig impress as the women caught in the powerplay, but this is essentially a two-hander, with Fox admirable as a latter-day Sebastian Flyte and Bogarde (finally nailing his matinée reputation) chilling as the mercenary valet.

Summary

A sinister manservant begins a series of psychological games in an attempt to gain superiority over his wealthy upper-class employer. Psychological drama, starring Dirk Bogarde, James Fox, Wendy Craig and Sarah Miles.

Cast & Crew

Hugo Barrett Dirk Bogarde
Vera Sarah Miles
Susan Wendy Craig
Tony James Fox
Lady Mounset Catherine Lacey
Lord Mounset Richard Vernon
Society woman Ann Firbank
Older woman Doris Knox
Bishop Patrick Magee
Society man Harold Pinter
Director Joseph Losey
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: Studio Canal Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 22 Mar 2013

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