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Pinter On Screen

The Servant

Dirk Bogarde plays a predatory servant exploiting his master’s dependence.

Image from The Servant

UK 1963
Dir Joseph Losey
With Dirk Bogarde, James Fox, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig
115min
Digital
Certificate 12A

Pinter’s screenplay turns a melodramatic novella by Robin Maugham into an icily exact study of a predatory servant exploiting his master’s infantile dependence. Losey’s direction and Richard Macdonald’s design make the master’s house itself a malignant force. And Bogarde was never better than as the sexually ambivalent intruder maintaining a mask of impassivity in the face of taunts from his employer’s fiancée. One of the great post-war British films.


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