Amazing cinematography with great use of camera angles. Ties into class politics, but isn't overwhelmed by it, and the decadent micro cosmos of the house slowly twists you around its finger. Took a while to warm up to this, but I'll definitely watch more Losey. There's something very bold and sexy about the way the story is told, but in a quiet smoldering kind of way.
A distorted master/servant relationship in all its brooding decadence is brought to the screen impeccably in Losey's Pinter-scripted drama; an insidious story of moral degradation in which a manservant infiltrates the home of his upper-class, weak-willed employer and eventually takes over. Dirk's performance is flawless; it's impossible to take your eyes off him as he unobtrusively goes about his nefarious business..
Interesting piece by Joseph Losey which unfolds two ways. The first half explores the manners and social aspects of a decadent era and gravitates around the concept of class. But then the film takes a turn into the dark & a subtle thrilling power struggle- sexually as well as with regard to the juxtaposition of the roles master-servant- lights up the house with sinister consequences. Great efforts by a brilliant cast
A brilliantly sinister, unnerving & fascinating piece of 60s British cinema. Dirk Bogarde shines as machiavellian servant, Barrat, intent on manipulating his wealthy, oblivious employer. Social classes decay with servant & master eerily blending to one with great subtlety. Ace performances are matched by innovative angles of shots, notably the mirror use. The hints at a gay relationship adds to the mystery superbly.