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.
Brilliant psychological drama with a first class script by Harold Pinter and a top notch cast. Dirk Bogarde is superb as Hugo Barrett and Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig and James Fox are also very impressive.
Games of moral corruption, sexual appetites, blackmail, social class scaling, subjugation and conformism; to a certain extent all tabu themes of its time period, explored with subtle elegance and perfectly drawn tension. Hypnotic use of angles and lightning. powerful dramatic performances.
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.
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.