Tuesday
28
Jul
7.15pm
… a landmark Drama in British Cinema.
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Tue
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Tuesday, 28 July 2015 at 7.15pm
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  • 1963
  • UK
  • B&W
  • 116 mins.
 
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Aristocrat Tony (James Fox) hires a seemingly loyal manservant, Hugo Barnett (Dirk Bogarde) who slowly turns the tables of power on his master. Barnett brings his alluring sister Vera (Sarah Miles) to the house to work as a maid, embarking on a sinister, psychological game of deceit and seduction. Winner of three British Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Dirk Bogarde in what many describe as his finest role, The Servant is a powerful tale of sex, corruption and the British class system. Featuring superb performances from its lead actors, taut direction by Joseph Losey, a brilliant screenplay by Harold Pinter and skilful cinematography from Douglas Slocombe, this is a landmark Drama in British Cinema.

Music - by John Dankworth and including the song 'All Gone', sung by Cleo Laine, and used repeatedly in the film. Additionally, folk guitarist Davy Graham makes a brief cameo playing the song 'Rock Me Baby'.

Director:

 
Joseph Losey

Cinematographer:

 
Douglas Slocombe

Cast:

 
Starring; Dirk Bogarde, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig and James Fox

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