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Servant, The (BFI Film Classic) Servant, The (BFI Film Classic)

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by Amy Sargeant by Amy Sargeant
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Amy Sargeant's compelling and meticulous study of Joseph Losey's The Servant (1963) sets the film in the context of a long tradition of fictional depictions of the master-servant relationship, from Shakespeare through to Cervantes, Henry James, Dorothy L Sayers and P.G. Wodehouse.

Sargeant points out that while many of these representations are played for comic effect, that of the 'young master' Tony (James Fox) and his manservant Barrett (Dirk Bogarde) unfolds in a far more sinister manner, with Barrett coming to dominate and humiliate the hapless Tony.

Sargeant's reading pays particular attention to the contribution not only of Losey and Harold Pinter, who adapted the screenplay from Robin Maugham's 1948 novella, but also of the cinematographer Douglas Slocombe, designer Richard Macdonald and costume designer Beatrice 'Bumble' Dawson.

In the context of the collapse of the British Empire, and a beleaguered Establishment beset by spy and sex scandals, the film can be read, Sargeant argues, as a metaphor for the 'state of the nation' in the early 1960s.

Finally, Sargeant considers the film's critical and commercial reception in Britatin, Europe and the United States - its release, how it was received as one of a number of émigré films and Losey's surprising denial of a homoerotic intent in the Tony-Barrett relationship.

Amy Sargeant's compelling and meticulous study of Joseph Losey's The Servant (1963) sets the film in the context of a long tradition of fictional depictions of the master-servant relationship, from Shakespeare through to Cervantes, Henry James, Dorothy L Sayers and P.G. Wodehouse.

Sargeant points out that while many of these representations are played for comic effect, that of the 'young master' Tony (James Fox) and his manservant Barrett (Dirk Bogarde) unfolds in a far more sinister manner, with Barrett coming to dominate and humiliate the hapless Tony.

Sargeant's reading pays particular attention to the contribution not only of Losey and Harold Pinter, who adapted the screenplay from Robin Maugham's 1948 novella, but also of the cinematographer Douglas Slocombe, designer Richard Macdonald and costume designer Beatrice 'Bumble' Dawson.

In the context of the collapse of the British Empire, and a beleaguered Establishment beset by spy and sex scandals, the film can be read, Sargeant argues, as a metaphor for the 'state of the nation' in the early 1960s.

Finally, Sargeant considers the film's critical and commercial reception in Britatin, Europe and the United States - its release, how it was received as one of a number of émigré films and Losey's surprising denial of a homoerotic intent in the Tony-Barrett relationship.

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SKU 9781844573820
Author(s) Amy Sargeant
Subtitle BFI Classic
Publisher(s) BFI Palgrave
Format Paperback
Original publication date 2011
Number of pages 96

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