The Servant

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Released 1963

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Director:
Joseph Losey
Released:
1963
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Directed by Joseph Losey in 1963, The Servant concerns the relationship between the upper-class, wealthy Tony and his manservant Barrett, a man of the working class who is soon managing his employer's life as well as his home. Tony's fiancee Susan distrusts Barrett, but the servant subtly increases his power within the household, even going so far to bring his "sister", Vera, who is actually his mistress, into the home. Tony and Vera begin an affair, as intended by Barrett, and the precarious balance of the house is thrown into disarray when Susan breaks off the engagement. Thereafter, the roles of master and servant are cunningly reversed. A terrifying psychological study and maybe the most incisive film ever made about Britain's class system.

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      • Robin Maugham's very brief novel was published in 1948, and had very little success. A play which Maugham adapted from the story went unstaged for several years after he wrote it. The film was originally planned in 1961, and it was the idea of director Michael Anderson to hire Harold Pinter to write the screenplay (Pinter's first). However, the film was delayed until 1963, by which time Anderson had left the project and Joseph Losey taken over. The film was a huge success and subsequently Maugham's play was at last produced as a result.

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      • For a few days, Dirk Bogarde directed this film whilst Joseph Losey was ill. He followed very extensive instructions from Losey and conferred with him each evening during his absence.

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