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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
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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