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When:

Mon 15 Jun 2015, 6:30pm–8:25pm

Where: Academy Cinemas, 44 Lorne St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: M

Ticket Information:

  • New Premier 12 Month Membership: $165.00
  • Returning/Concession 12 Month Membership: $140.00
  • 3 Film Sampler: $30.00
  • Special: New Membership - 2 Friends Joining at the same session: $140.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: AuckFilmSoc

The Servant
Director: Joseph Losey - UK · 1963 - 115 mins · HD (1.66:1) · b&w - M
Screenplay: Harold Pinter. Based on the novel by Robin Maugham
Starring: Dirk Bogarde (Barrett), Sarah Miles (Vera), Wendy Craig (Susan), James Fox (Tony)

“Losey’s relentless dusting of the ruling vs. the grueling classes began a partnership with playwright Harold Pinter that continued through two more exacting entries, Accident and The Go-Between. In this dramatic drubbing, a beguiling Dirk Bogarde plays a conniving Jeeves to a newly posted member of the idle class, Tony (James Fox), who has visions of grand projects but can barely boil water for tea. When Barrett (Bogarde) brings in his sultry “sister” (Sarah Miles at her impish best) to be the maid, all is unmade, including the beds. Tony’s tony townhouse is the claustrophobic battlefield in the eroding power relationship between man and manservant. Losey uses the interior space like a suffocating replica of dear England, stopping every so often to refract the action through a distorting mirror hung hideously in a hallway. All the while, the house itself seems to decompose as its foppish owner succumbs to his own exhausted spirit. No butler to the bourgeoisie, Harold Pinter provides pointed dialogue that wipes clean every surface like a class disinfectant. My Man Godfrey this ain’t.”
—Steve Seid, Pacific Film Archive

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