The Servant

The Servant

1963
Drama
1h 56m
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 (imdb)
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The Servant

1963
Drama
1h 56m
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Rated 06 Dec 2011
65
46th
Wonderful black and white cinematography, that brings memories of ze German expressionism to mind, ensures that the lovely mansion looks anything but cozy. Bogarde especially delivers a great performance and the plot is interesting. Especially the last third shows some interesting development in the balance of power between the two leeds. But I'll be damned if I gave a shit about any of it.
Rated 16 Jun 2008
100
98th
Superbly unpleasant and quitely decadent. There's no one to root for and the films all the better for it. Actually, it might be the best film of human parasitic behavior and pure hatred, class difference or nay. The emotional equivelant of 50 italian gore films put into a blender.
Rated 22 Dec 2020
83
93rd
The Servant in many ways is a frenzied narrative masterpiece. The film proceeds in such a fashion that it keeps you guessing at every turn, even when you think you have all the answers, you find yourself abruptly in a state of necessary re-evaluation. The atmosphere of the film is a thoroughly engaging one, the musical score and directing techniques wonderfully complement the mood required. The amount of effort that went into meticulous details is well noted. My only gripe is underused elements.
Rated 11 Aug 2009
4
56th
I do enjoy Dirk Bogarde [James Fox leaves no positive impression] but the importance of this is completely lost on me. It's not that I don't see the themes played with, it's that they're too plainly in view.
Rated 25 Feb 2018
40
10th
This film slipped my mind almost immediately after watching. More like a chore to endure and then move on.
Rated 16 Feb 2009
92
97th
Absolutely brilliant, right up to the end where I felt just a little let down. It's never quite clear throughout the film why things are happening in a specific sense, but the general reasons couldn't be more clear and the mix of scathing social commentary with flashes of absurdity works well. The plot is continually intriguing, the acting quite good, especially Bogarde, and the photography magnificent. I loved the use of shadows and mirrors. The ending's not clear cut but fits thematically.
Rated 07 Oct 2014
90
82nd
Dirk Bogarde is incredible in this, malignant and corrupting by degrees, and Sarah Miles compliments him well as his tarty partner in crime. James Fox is so damn young looking in this, it's disturbing. I especially like the bizarre little asides in the movie whenever the film strays from the three lead characters, like the two priests having breakfast.
Rated 28 Jan 2009
86
87th
Bogarde is excellent and naturalistic, as is the other fellow's girlfriend from the beginning of the movie. With everyone else the acting seemed stilted to me, if not weak. It's still a fantastic movie, though, and it would fit right in alongside the many Hand-That-Rocks-the-Cradle-style thrillers that were made in the 1990's. This film gets *really* interesting, though, when it finishes up that plot and then surprisingly keeps going. As a side note, the main character needs more records.
Rated 22 Apr 2018
96
99th
The film that made me love films. This complex psychological drama draws you into the characters and their surroundings with sharp cinematography, stellar acting and a story that's kept me raving about this film for years. The song that winds it's way through the house throughout the film twists and turns as the characters do, changing it's meaning, drawing out subtext.
Rated 04 Oct 2020
80
85th
Brandy, shadows on the walls, mini-skirt and "extra effort". Losey's extravaganza really comes all the way in the bizarre last 30 minutes or so, but this is by all means a pretty studied British society portrait through class games -- sometimes erotic, seductive or just silly. You can easily feel its echoes in contemporary cinema in Parasite and Phantom Thread. Weird, somber and comic.
Rated 14 Mar 2011
73
79th
An engaging, well-cast, sophisticated psychological drama, which kind of takes off on the Hegelian master-slave dialectic. Its biggest flaw is that it is a bit overboiled and over-long.
Rated 18 Feb 2010
70
57th
I think I liked certain moments and scenes here better than the whole deal - the scene in where the two protagonists/antagonists throw a tennis ball at each other is just awesome, captured from far above in a exciting shot loaded with something stormily unfixed; the scene in which the water crane creates tension is also brilliant, just to take another example. It's when the images and editing talks and the characters shut up this is good, good, good shit.
Rated 25 Jan 2023
83
80th
Unpleasant (in the best possible way) deep psychological drama with a great performance from Bogarde that sometimes plays like a thriller. There's so much happening here about class and power and maybe addiction/dependency. Definitely something I'll revisit at some point.
Rated 22 Dec 2019
98
81st
The cinematography is gorgeous, it easily let's you know who's in power.
Rated 13 Apr 2020
80
87th
Whoa, I shouldn't like this. Way too classical for me. Or is it? I liked the story, the cinematography, the soundtrack (not something I frequently say about a 60's movie)... and I never even heard of the director before!
Rated 16 Aug 2021
85
59th
Viewed August 14, 2021.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
83
72nd
# 349
Rated 19 Feb 2023
66
74th
Kind of ironic that this well made assault on the class system features a demonic subaltern subverting the innocence of a hapless aristocrat. Are we the bad guys?
Rated 10 Jun 2019
8
93rd
Holy shit
Rated 19 Dec 2008
82
64th
359
Rated 19 Feb 2024
85
94th
Sports an impeccable script that might be described as a 'cultivated tastelessness'. It's morbid tone recalls the kind of gleeful malice of children tormenting animals, but the subtext is much cooler than the delivery, offering a fascinating reversal of class roles. Especially noteworthy is the sumptuous black and white, beautifully shot by Slocombe and Dirk Bogarde's wicked performance. Deeelicious.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
93rd
Too long since I saw this. May deserve a higher score.
Rated 02 May 2009
50
33rd
Interesting idea for a film, and intriguing gay subtext, but I was pretty nonplussed. Maybe I'm just too American to fully appreciate this
Rated 31 Aug 2020
4
55th
too rigid and stiff, then too scattered and boorish, and the folly lies in thinking a happy medium can exist in a world where power is everything. soon comes the summer of love, when your little hierarchies will be upturned in bacchanalian ecstasy, and you'll lick your wounds a while before rising up in return, and on it goes. losey does not pass overt judgement on anybody because, as the restaurant scene indicates, the whole human race performs this grotesque dance in his concave mirror.
Rated 10 Jul 2011
42
39th
i'm with JooJoo here. i liked some of the more dynamic scenes but i dunno, my go-to servant-fucking-shit-up movie is still The Handmaid
Rated 30 Jun 2020
1
8th
Rated 29 Nov 2020
80
78th
Psychological horror from a British bachelor and his servant. Somehow it stays gripping even when it collapses into the absurd. There's a lot of innuendo here -- something I'm generally not fond of -- such that it tends to be completely obscure at times.
Rated 01 May 2013
80
81st
watched: 2013, 2022
Rated 14 Mar 2024
85
87th
a thought: the parasitic analysis is more bunuel and obviously bong joon-ho but the class struggle here is not that buglike but more of a nietzchean bdsm servility, the fetish to serve is arousing
Rated 24 Apr 2009
92
96th
The proletariat uprising against the bourgeoisie, on a small scale. There's a very Bunuellian flavor to the class warfare, sly subversive wit, slightly surreal narrative, and sensuality. It always managed to surprise me. This is all augmented by some fine cinematography, a hep jazzy score, and a very good performance from Bogarde. Complaints: enough with the mirrors. I'm bored with mirrors. There was one, maybe two, good uses of them here, the rest was just showing off.
Rated 29 Mar 2021
96
96th
Hoje é o centenário do grande, enorme, magnânimo Dirk Bogarde. Pois então. Quem conhece os livros do Wodehouse sobre Jeeves e Wooster vai perceber que isso aqui é uma versão thriller queer marxista da relação entre Bertie e Reginald elevada às raias da loucura. Losey não está só nessa empreitada, contou com a ajuda de dois outros gênios ao dar o tom de obra-prima: Slocombe e Pinter, Box Versátil O Cinema de Joseph Losey.
Rated 17 Feb 2007
70
82nd
Very good.
Rated 16 Feb 2017
86
94th
Develops wonderfully and Bogarde's performance is poignant.
Rated 03 Mar 2021
90
94th
Excellent poncho discussion. Bloody spiffing!
Rated 30 Apr 2022
80
68th
Harold Pinter's adaptation of Robin Maugham's novella strips it down to it's barest fundamentals which really enhances the metaphorical power. It becomes a really primal depiction of a ruling class who's day has long passed subsisting solely through the efforts of those that do all the work for them. I find the third act to be a little bit weaker than the rest of the film, but it's a ferocious film enhanced by powerful performances from Fox and Bogarde and a compellingly strange visual scheme.
Rated 14 Jan 2010
81
62nd
390
Rated 14 Apr 2020
84
82nd
Mubi'de son gün gösteriminde yakalayarak tanıştım bu inanılmaz filmle. Oscar ödüllü Parasite filminin esin kaynağı olduğunu düşünüyorum.
Rated 11 Apr 2020
73
90th
Parasite in jazz era but more stunning and delicate
Rated 16 Sep 2018
85
79th
Visually accomplished picture from Losey. The class struggle is real, with chaos on the horizon as a result of drunken licentiousness and a general irresponsibility toward the things that matter in life. British aristocratic guilt only enhances the downfall.
Rated 12 Oct 2016
40
16th
Repetitive, grating, and significantly too long. Losey offers a few inspired shots and the cinematography is memorably good, but otherwise this film provided nothing of interest to me.
Rated 20 Feb 2017
87
97th
Riveting. I loved both of the leads.
Rated 09 Dec 2009
86
74th
Losey's dark, crowded compositions provide the perfect setting for the class war's Pyrrhic victory.
Rated 01 Aug 2012
73
80th
Though I was a bit dissapointed by this classic thriller, it still delivers some greatness when it comes to atmosphere and story progression.
Rated 30 Nov 2011
79
58th
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