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Directed by: Joseph Losey

Produced: 1963

Countries & Regions: United Kingdom

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Certificate: 15

Studio: Warner Home Video

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 25 February 2002

Cat No: D038104

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DVD 9
Languages(s): English
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Screen ratio 1:1.66
Dolby Mono

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The Servant

Cast: James Fox , Dirk Bogarde , Sarah Miles , Patrick Magee , Harold Pinter , Wendy Craig , Brian Phelan , Catherine Lacey , Alun Owen , Richard Vernon , Dorothy Bromiley , Hazel Terry , Alison Seebohm , Philippa Hare

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Director Joseph Losey’s classic study of class warfare, adapted for the screen by Harold Pinter from Robin Maugham’s original novel. Spoiled young British aristocrat Tony (James Fox) buys a handsome Georgian townhouse and employs Hugo Barrett (Dirk Bogarde) as his manservant. Initially appearing to settle in well to his new position, Barrett, however, soon begins to exert his influence over his master, subtly ingratiating himself whilst plotting his next move, much to the horror of Tony’s fiancee Susan (Wendy Craig). As his influence becomes steadily more pervasive, culminating with the hiring of his ’sister’ Vera (Sarah Miles) into a position in the house, Barrett’s sexual machinations eventually lead to a complete role-reversal, as he finally attains domination over his master.

The reputation of the films of the American director (and victim of the McCarthyite communist witch-hunt) Joseph Losey could not be higher today, but the apogee of his career may well be his films scripted by Harold Pinter in this country when the director, persona non grata in his native country, was obliged to work here. The Servant looks (if anything) better with the years, with its remarkable playing (notably Dirk Bogarde, firmly into his character-actor Indian summer) and rigorous analysis of the English class system. This hypnotic tale of psychological control features some newly created extras include the director Richard Ayoade interviewing James Fox, a new interview with Stephen Wooley and new featurettes.

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