It wasn't until his appearance in 'The Servant' that Bogarde really came into his power as an actor. It was the merging of his talents with Joseph Losey and Harold Pinter that really proved powerful. Everything about this film is superb: the cinematography, the acting, and the music. It plays a bit like a melodrama, but the main focus is class and power. We pretend that it doesn't exist here. Contd.
Entre un scénario d'orfèvre merveilleusement ciselé, concocté par l'incisif Harold Pinter et une régalienne interprétation de l'irrésistible Dirk Bogarde, inquiétant et retors à souhait, le spectateur ne peut que témoigner de son approbation sans partage et sans nuage. nous mettrons un petit bémol sur la dernière partie du film qui s'enlise quelquefois dans l'hyperbole et l'outrance un peu faciles. www.cinefiches.com
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.