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The Servant (1963)

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Sarah Miles, et al.
Director: Joseph Losey,

Edition Details:
PAL format
HiFi Sound, Black & White, PAL
Catalogue Number: S038104

Films by Harold Pinter
Dirk Bogarde and James Fox

The Servant 1963

Directed by Joseph Losey

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, James Fox and Sarah Miles

Based on the short story by Robin Maugham

Screenplay by Harold Pinter published in Collected Screenplays 1

In The Servant (Warner) Losey and Pinter together have pushed through a lot of barriers. The thing that is most exhilarating about the film is that it has been written by someone who is obviously excited by the cinema and made by someone who obviously respects words. Losey doesn't see language is the enemy of images, and I am sure that he is right.

Penelope Gilliatt, The Observer

In everything that Harold Pinter writes the most important things he has to say are unspoken and, in some ways, unspeakable.

He indulges in a form of artistic foul play which consists of hitting you below the level of consciousness, which is why it is always so difficult to say what any of his stories are about.

Mr Bogarde seizes his part like a hungry man confronted by his first square meal in years. Dispensing with the easy cuteness that has earned him his popularity, Mr Bogarde gives us a heart-cooling portrait of the underdog having his day.

Thomas Wiseman, Sunday Express

Sarah Miles

Not only does Pinter use words like sequins to glitter darkly on the surface and suggest depths beneath but he devises two conversation pieces within a smart setting and a country house that show him at his funniest.

The Servant is the best British film I have seen this year.

Richard Roud, The Guardian


It is rare to find a film which is both elegant and tough; corrosive yet compassionate; visually exciting and yet meaningful; brilliant and profound. Rarer still is the film which deals with moral problems on any but a superficial level. And that is why The Servant is a masterpiece.

Alexander Walker, Evening Standard


Further Reading

''Harold Pinter's film version of The Servant: Adapting Robin Maugham's novel for the screen.' by Steven H.Gale (Pinter Review 1990)

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