The Servant Reviews

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May 28, 2020
This script is a masterpiece of homosexual antagonism. Or is it merely class enmity?
April 8, 2020
Joseph Losey's The Servant hasn't lost any of its mystery over the years since 1963; it might even have gained a bit.
April 8, 2020
The film on its most meaningful level is acid splashed into the wound of class distinction. But it is best enjoyed simply as a slick, spooky, frequently spellbinding study of corruption.
April 8, 2020
The Servant summons up all one's irrational fears and its baroquely sinister atmosphere invests the most ordinary event with middle-of-the-night creepiness.
April 8, 2020
Even at his worst Losey is never dull, and here he is pretty consistently at his best.
April 8, 2020
The transformation of behaviour from seedy man- servant to slatternly, domineering wife is brilliantly handled by Losey and Dirk Bogarde, an actor whose work has always gone beyond the call of duty in a long line of undistinguished films.
April 8, 2020
The viewer is left with not only a portrait of the haves and the have-nots, but a glimpse of what such social stratification provokes -- an all-consuming madness as powerful as it is hidden.
April 8, 2020
Losey does masterly work in confined spaces, and Bogarde's performance as the scheming servant sets the standard for sly corruption.
April 8, 2020
The Servant is a seminal title in British cinema and the British New Wave.
April 8, 2020
With Losey exiled from America by the Hollywood blacklist, and Pinter the bristling voice of young London, the film has the glee of outsiders mid-gatecrash.
February 8, 2018
One can appreciate what Pinter intends and applaud a great deal of Losey's execution.
August 29, 2013
Glaciers might be melting, the polar caps might be crumbling, but not even the passage of half a century has taken the frozen edge off this brilliantly icy film.
August 5, 2013
Losey's ripping comedy of breakdown, a master class in ominous mise-en-scène
July 23, 2013
A perfect storm of perversity, pre-Persona identity transference, prole pole-positioning and mutually assured psychological destruction, Joseph Losey's masterpiece immediately transformed the director from has-been Hollywood exile to European auteur.
July 22, 2013
The film's sidelong narrative glances suggest a privileged world brimming with innuendo-laden excess and barely concealed sexual jealousies.
April 8, 2013
From the first frame it's clear we're about to see a masterpiece.
March 22, 2013
Essentially a two-hander, with Fox admirable as a latter-day Sebastian Flyte and Bogarde (finally nailing his matinée reputation) chilling as the mercenary valet.
March 22, 2013
Claustrophobic film-making carries a charge it's not easy to forget. Only Pinter could match it.
March 21, 2013
It is a brilliant, subversive account of class relations and the changing times.
March 21, 2013
Losey's use of off-kilter camera angles and an ornamental convex mirror helps to emphasise the stifling architecture of the building while offering eerie portents of things to come.
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