Hugo polishes a mirror with Tony looking on - Dirk Bogarde and James Fox in The Servant (1963)
Hugo polishes a mirror with Tony looking on - Dirk Bogarde and James Fox in The Servant (1963)
The Servant (1963)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Servant

Joseph Losey | United Kingdom | | M

The first of three collaborations between Losey and celebrated writer Harold Pinter is an uneasy chamber drama involving the privileged Tony (James Fox) and his newly appointed manservant, Hugo (Dirk Bogarde in one of his most iconic roles).

Adapted from Robin Maugham’s 1948 novel, the film’s power play is permeated with psychological and sexual tension. Winning three BAFTA awards, Losey’s landmark film garnered praise for its candid treatment of class and sexuality as well as Douglas Slocombe’s claustrophobic cinematography. With Sarah Miles.

Format: DCP, Black & White
Language: English
Source: StudioCanal
Duration: 116 mins


10 & 12 May 2021


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116 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Hugo polishes a mirror with Tony looking on - Dirk Bogarde and James Fox in The Servant (1963)


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