Seniors’ matinee: The Servant

+ Q&A (TBC)

Dirk Bogarde plays a sinister and corrupting manservant in this 1963 classic.

Image from Seniors’ matinee: The Servant + Q&A (TBC)

UK 1963
Dir Joseph Losey
With Dirk Bogarde, James Fox, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig
Digital 4K restoration
Certificate 12A

A remarkable trio of talents – Bogarde, Losey and Harold Pinter (with his first screenplay) – came together to make this darkly comic tale of a nightmarish butler who exploits the weakness of his lazy, entitled employer. Bogarde’s portrayal of Barrett, the oily, scheming manservant, is a masterpiece of screen acting, and his dedication to the project was unstinting; he even took over direction when Losey fell ill. A must-see British classic.

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