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Pinter On Screen

The Hothouse

Pinter’s eerily prophetic work about a secretive state institution designed to cure social dissidents.

Image from The Hothouse

BBC 1982
Dir Harold Pinter
With Derek Newark, Angela Pleasence, James Grant
115min

Written in 1958 but not produced until 1980, Pinter’s play is an eerily prophetic work about a secretive state institution designed to cure social dissidents. With riotous invention, Pinter shows how the staff are borderline insane, and themselves victims of the bureaucratic machine they’re operating. This extraordinary work is like a farce written by Kafka and proves Pinter was always a political writer.

Plus animated sketch The Applicant (1969. Dir Gerald Potterton. 4min).



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