In this landmark drama of class struggle and moral decay, a pampered playboy acquires an elegant townhouse complete with a dedicated man servant. Trouble ensues when the young man’s girlfriend begins to get suspicious of the servant.
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A proto-Polanskian gobsmacker. It would've been easy to coast on the excellence of the script, which is prime Pinter, but Losey brings to it a masterful sense of space, roaming the interior of the house with long, mobile takes and mapping the characters' shifting power relations visually. Bogarde and Fox are tip-top, too.
Great performance by both Fox & Bogarde. It would be great if the film finishes when Bogarde & Miles leave Fox's house in the triumph of their love. I still haven't digged at all some parts of the rest, not because of them being bad, but the change of focus. Guess the decadence of Fox at the end doesn't fit the social realism of the first part, but still enjoyable and loyal to pure cinema in its cinematography.
Fix Those Dripping Taps!!
Great period piece that loses its subtlety towards the end... The scene with the dripping taps is just incredible - loaded with sexual symbolism (or is that just me?) !! Also, if ever there was a film that could rival 'Withnail and I' in the amount of alcohol consumed then this is it...
Harold Pinter's words receive a brilliantly dark and sordid texture in 'The Servant'; there's no more intimate class struggle than that fought across the threshold of the bedroom. A great British film.
Generally tight, if highly strung, character study which veers into melodrama towards the end and is rather too oblique on the homosexual subtext. Overall though, a sharply executed chamber piece on that perenially favourite topic of British cinema: class.