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Pinter On Screen: Power, Sex and Politics

July 2018

To mark the 10th anniversary of his death, we celebrate this influential writer.

Introduction by Pinter biographer Michael Billington

Pinter On Screen: Power, Sex and Politics


“I think that life is beautiful but the world is hell”
Harold Pinter

‘Truth in drama,’ said Harold Pinter on receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005, ‘is forever elusive. You never quite find it, but the search for it is compulsive.’ That applies as much to his work for the screen as it does to the stage with which it shares many qualities: a fascination with the private roots of power, an abiding preoccupation with memory and the deceptiveness of language, a belief in the agency of women. Pinter, from his teenage years when he explored the work of Luis Buñuel, Marcel Carné and Jean Vigo, was always passionately in love with cinema and was proud that the majority of his screenplays were filmed. He also wrote many pioneering, and highly popular, plays for television. Pinter was a great writer whose work admits us to the dark room of his imagination.


Coming in part two in August: The Go-Between, Old Times, The French Lieutenant’s Woman and much more...

Harold Pinter-scripted The Comfort of Strangers is released by the BFI on dual-format edition Blu-ray and DVD on Mon 23 July.

Browse our free Mediatheque for more Pinter film and TV works, and see our special collection in the BFI Reuben Library.

Pinter at the Pinter, the complete season of Harold Pinter’s one-act plays, will be playing from September 2018 to February 2019 at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

Please note: we are screening mainly in the chronology of plays as written rather than date of production.

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