Joseph Losey - The Servant (1963)

Posted By : FNB47 | Date : 28 Feb 2007 03:57:00 | Comments : 14 |

Joseph Losey-The Servant (1963)
| 1441.8 MB | Runtime 1:50:46 | b/w |
Language : English
- no subtitles -
Audio : AC3, 48000 Hz, 192 Kb/s, 2-ch
Video : XviD, 1650 Kb/s, 25 frm/s, 656x400 (1.66:1)

This film takes a sharp look at British class relations via a dramatic turning of the tables between a dainty Oxbridge twit bachelor (played by a young and dapper James Fox) and his contemptuous manservant (Dirk Bogarde). Bogarde's servant slowly realizes and exploits his expanding powers over his "master" as Fox steadily loses his authority and becomes enslaved to his own "employee". (http://imdb.com/title/tt0057490/plotsummary)

Harold Pinter in the background

Winner of three British Academy Awards including Best Actor to Dirk Bogarde. In this landmark drama of class struggle and moral decay, a pampered playboy (James Fox) acquires an elegant townhouse complete with a dedicated man servant (Dirk Bogarde). But when the young man's fiancée (Wendy Craig) becomes suspicious of the servant's intentions, he and his "sister" (Sarah Miles) thrust the household into a sinister game where seduction is corruption and power becomes the most shocking desire of all. (www.amazon.com)

The Servant marked the first of three brilliant film collaborations between director Joseph Losey and playwright Harold Pinter, and was nominated for eight British Academy Awards including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay. (www.amazon.com)

When upper class gent Tony (James Fox) returns to London from Africa, he acquires a house, and he also advertises for a manservant. Hugo Bennett (Dirk Bogarde) applies and is speedily employed. At first, he is the perfect servant. He's quiet, obsequious and efficient. Tony's girlfriend Susan (Wendy Craig), however finds Hugo sneaky and suspicious, and she considers the entire notion of having a manservant archaic. (www.amazon.com)

"The Servant", directed by Joseph Losey, is based on a Harold Pinter play and is a perfect example of the Hegel theory of the master-slave relationship. Hegel's theory is that both the master and slave are inevitably corrupted by the unhealthy mutual need in this relationship. The relationship between Tony and Hugo is the main focus of the film, and Pinter's screenplay is a scathing metaphor for the class war. The relationship between Tony and Hugo swings wildly from cutting, humiliating, gratuitous comments, to fumbled attempts at friendship. But with such inequities in position alone, any attempt at some sort of equality is ludicrous. The roles of exploiter and the exploited switch back and forth between Tony and Hugo as the power base in the household moves. (www.amazon.com)

Dirk Bogarde is phenomenal as Hugo. The role of the servant was made for his incredible acting ability. Hugo is, at first, a dreadful toady, but is soon revealed as opportunistic, sly and depraved. His role is in complete contrast to Tony, played by James Fox--who is effete, helpless and malleable. The two main female roles are also in contrast to one another. Vera (Sarah Miles) is the seductive, giggly working class girl whose free sexuality is the opposite of the ice maiden, Susan, who doles out favours as they are merited. The film, a three British Academy Award winner, is a little dated, but it still packs a powerful punch with its unsettling storyline--displacedhuman (www.amazon.com)

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Posted By: aloha79 Date: 28 Feb 2007 04:39:49
Thank you very much!
Posted By: ibizastairs Date: 28 Feb 2007 06:38:16
Posted By: suki2000 Date: 28 Feb 2007 09:52:45
Great! Thanks
Posted By: magic121 Date: 28 Feb 2007 14:16:25
Great to see you back FNB.47!!!
Posted By: Sahrian Date: 28 Feb 2007 18:11:04
Many thanks, FNB47. Maybe you will find some time to upload "Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie". It's a deep and actual movie, I'm sure that you appreciate it also.
Posted By: FNB47 Date: 01 Mar 2007 10:04:11

Sahrian, you are right... yes I will :)

Posted By: halb Date: 01 Mar 2007 12:22:02
Thank you so much for all these great movies.
Posted By: harrygee Date: 06 Mar 2007 16:34:25
Great film which I look forward to see again. Thank you once more FNB.47
Posted By: 0zeros Date: 07 Apr 2007 18:55:57
hi, fnb
i've been downloading from months many of your great posts. are you planning to upload "the accident (also harold pinter and Joseph Losey)?"
Posted By: FNB47 Date: 07 Apr 2007 20:11:53

0zeros, I wish I were... but unfortunately I only have "The Accident" as VHS-tape recorded from our local-TV... sorry.

Posted By: 0zeros Date: 07 Apr 2007 20:20:16
no problem, fnb.47. if i'm not asking too much,can you reup one of this days the movie "kes" with better quality? that is a great movie.
thanks again.
Posted By: FNB47 Date: 10 Apr 2007 02:16:17

I have ripped "Kes" 2 times before.
First one was dated Jul 31, 2006 21:31:00 (http://www.avaxhome.ws/misc/kes_by_loach.html)
and you are right... first one was a victim of my early/apprentice days :). But this one
was deleted by RS and I have ripped it for the second time dated Oct 29, 2006 04:45:00
(http://www.avaxhome.ws/misc/kes2_by_loach.html). I think this 2nd one is quite a proper rip.
If you dont think so... pls let me know... and I either will try to rip it once more or upload
it as original DVD if you want. "Kes" is one of my all-time-favorites... no trouble... really.

Thanks for your concern.

Posted By: walkerb54 Date: 28 May 2009 07:04:42
Thanks very much for all your efforts
Posted By: TargetD Date: 02 May 2010 00:11:47
Great stuff....cheers!