The Servant

The Servant

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A tale of hypocrisy and hatred until a corrupt servant becomes the master.
Edition: Widescreen edition
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE SERVA
Characteristics: Laser optical
optical
1 videodisc (Not rated)(115 min.) : sound, black and white ; 1/2 in
Notes: Special features include: theatrical trailer; talent bios
A release of the 1963 motion picture

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Froster Nov 29, 2014

You gotta love Harold Pinter. Meaning you GOTTA LOVE Harold Pinter to appreciate this film. It is probably the most "Pinteresque" of any film he's ever been involved with. In Losey he finds a real partner, and everything about this picture seems collaborative. It's about privilege and power games, and people reverting to primal tribal behaviours that are enigmatic, but apparently (at least to Pinter) universal. A little of this goes a long way, frankly, and there are relatively few twists on this downward spiral. One that is certainly indicated, although never directly expressed, is the gay angle on all of this, and for many of us, "The Servant" has always served as a teasing beacon of seduction and degradation of the queer sort. As far as the acting, this is Bogarde's show, and he was never better. But of course he "got it". (Because, as we all know now, he was "getting it").

voisjoe1 Jan 27, 2014

Dirk Bogarde plays the “Servant” in a tale of dominance and submission between the upperclassman played by James Fox (debut) and the lower class “Servant.” This film garnered 5 BAFTA wins and three BAFTA noms. You never know who’s going to be on top in this pysho-sexual drama. Only someone like the great Dirk Bogarde could play such a role. Only a master like Harold Pinter could write something like this. This truly is a trip to hell.

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Apr 21, 2012

From IMDB: The aristocratic Tony moves to London and hires the servant Hugo Barrett for all services at home. Barrett seems to be a loyal and competent employee, but Tony's girlfriend Susan does not like him and asks Tony to send him away. When Barrett brings his sister Vera to work and live in the house, Tony has a brief hidden affair with her. After traveling with Susan for spending a couple of days in a friend's house outside London, the couple unexpectedly returns and finds Barrett and Vera, who are actually lovers, in Tony's room. They are fired and Susan breaks with Tony. Later, Tony meets Barrett alone in a pub and hires him back, and Barrett imposes his real dark intentions in the house, turning the table and switching position with his master. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This film takes a sharp look at British class relations via a dramatic turning of the tables between a dainty Oxbridge twit bachelor and his contemptuous manservant. The servant slowly realizes and exploits his expanding powers over his "master" as the twit steadily loses his authority and becomes enslaved to his own "employee". Written by Alan H. Bloomgarden <abloomgarden@ais.smith.edu>

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