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StudioCanal Vintage Classics

StudioCanal Vintage Classics

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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.

Nominated for five BAFTAs and winning three, including best actor for Dirk Bogarde, The Servant is notable for its ambitious technique and willingness to engage with what were, at the time, issues rarely before seen in British cinema. 

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.

Nominated for five BAFTAs and winning three, including best actor for Dirk Bogarde, The Servant is notable for its ambitious technique and willingness to engage with what were, at the time, issues rarely before seen in British cinema. 

Extras

• James Fox interviewed by Richard Ayoade 
• Interview with Wendy Craig 
• Interview with Sarah Miles 
• Audio interview with Douglas Slocombe (Director of photography) 
• Harold Pinter Tempo interview 
• Joseph Losey talks about The Servant 
• Stills gallery 
• Trailer

Additional Info

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SKU 5055201824448
Catalogue Number OPTD2571
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1963
Format DVD
Publisher(s) StudioCanal
Countries UK
Colour Black & White
Language(s) English
Running time 116 min
DVD region 2
Certificate 15

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