Classic: The Servant

1963| 12A| 116 mins| / / /

Screening Dates:
Wed 27 October 2:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: This screening has a socially distanced seating plan.

Director: Joseph Losey
Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig, James Fox

Sexual tensions and class conflicts run high in this thrilling and ingenious British classic, re-released to celebrate Dirk Bogarde‘s centenary.

Directed by Joseph Losey (Accident, The Go-Between) and based on the screenplay by revered playwright Harold Pinter, The Servant stars beloved British actor Bogarde (Death in Venice) in the title role, alongside James Fox (A Passage to India), Sarah Miles (The Big Sleep) and Wendy Craig (The Nanny).

The Servant follows sly and seductive manservant Barrett (Bogarde) as he worms his way in to the affections of foppish aristocrat Tony (Fox).

Barrett’s awe-inspiring efficiency cleverly masks his true intentions, ultimately giving way to a suspicious and insidious control where the roles of master and servant are reversed.

Cited by Bong Joon Ho as one of five films that influenced his masterpiece Parasite, The Servant is considered ahead of its time for its ambitious cinematography and its exploration of class and sexual politics in 1960s Britain.

It boasts stunning cinematography from Douglas Slocombe (Kind Hearts and Coronets), a fantastic soundtrack by composer John Dankworth (The Avengers) and is considered by many to be one of the greatest British films of the last century.

This is a Silver Screening – our weekly matinees aimed at ages 60 and over with tickets at £8 (inc. booking fee) and £7 (members, inc. booking fee). Under-60s are welcome at these screenings, standard ticket prices apply. Our Silver Screen performances are proudly sponsored by Wilson Browne Solicitors.