The Servant

BBFC RatingThe Servant

Showing: 17 October 2021 until 19 October 2021

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Certificate12
Year1963
GenreDrama
DirectorJoseph Losey
WritersHarold Pinter
LanguageEnglish
CountryUK
Running Time1HR 56MINS
SeasonMain Programme

The first of three collaborations between director Joseph Losey and writer Harold Pinter, The Servant returns to screens in a stunning new 4K restoration.

Experienced manservant Barrett (Dirk Bogarde, who won a Best Actor BAFTA for his performance) starts working for foppish aristocrat Tony (James Fox) in his smart new townhouse. Much to the annoyance of Tony’s girlfriend (Wendy Craig), Barrett slowly initiates himself into the house and begins to manipulate his master.

Notable for its ambitious technique and its willingness to engage with issues that were, at the time, never seen in British cinema, The Servant is quite simply a masterpiece.

"The subversive 1963 classic crackles with undertones of class, sexuality and communism, with Dirk Bogarde at his finest as the sociopathic manservant - ★★★★★" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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