The Servant (1963)
Cert 15/120 mins
Directed by Joseph Losey, adapted by Harold Pinter from a novel by Robin Maugham, and starring Dirk Bogarde, James Fox, Sarah Miles and Wendy Craig.
The film is a tightly constructed psychological drama about the relationships between the four central characters. Examining issues of class, servitude and the ennui of the upper classes, it turns the tables between a dainty, wastrel Oxbridge bachelor and his contemptuous, insouciant Cockney valet who exercises insidious control over his master. The servant exploits his devious powers over his ‘master’ who steadily loses authority.
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