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5,935 Ratings

The Servant

Directed by Joseph Losey
United Kingdom, 1963


Hugo Barrett is a servant in the Chelsea home of indolent aristocrat Tony. All seems to go well until the playboy’s girlfriend Susan takes a dislike to the efficient employee. Then Barrett persuades Tony to hire his sister Vera as a live-in maid, and matters take another turn for the worse…

Our take

A sharp, psychosexual and psycho-social masterpiece from the brilliant and controversial post-war American director Joseph Losey, The Servant was his first of many collaborations with playwright Harold Pinter. It stars Losey’s frequent muse Dirk Borgarde as a dissolute disrupter of British decorum.

The Servant Directed by Joseph Losey
Much like Pinter’s stage plays The Dumb Waiter, The Birthday Party, and The Homecoming, the film circles around themes of role-playing, class dynamics, and interpersonal subterfuge, evading any definitive reading while somehow remaining emotionally direct at all times.
January 25, 2019
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The fusion of Pinter’s stark approach to image and language with Losey’s sensitivity to spaces and objects brings to this low-budget grand vision an authentic creepy power.
June 27, 2018
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In one of the most enigmatic films to come out of Great Britain, The Servant, both artists along with screenwriter Harold Pinter succeeded in rendering a study of human power, its limits as well as its possibilities.
May 01, 2005
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