The Servant (Losey, 1963): BFI Southbank, NFT1 6pm
Screening as part of the Dirk Bogarde season
'A 'mean and shabby man' was Dirk Bogarde's reading of the eponymous Barrett, who manipulates his master (James Fox) to the point of destruction in the devilishly dark rendering by Harold Pinter and Joseph Losey of the Robin Maugham story. This was the film that first brought Bogarde acclaim in Europe. The fact that he found the character so easy to play detracts not a whit from his electrifying, Mephistophelian performance.'
Here is the brilliant trailer.