in about 100 words or less
UK 112m, B&W
Director: Joseph Losey; Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Sarah Miles, James Fox, Wendy Craig
A cryptic psychological drama, The Servant is a film adaptation of Robin Maugham’s 1948 novella of the same name about a young wealthy professional named Tony who is manipulated by his man-servant Barrett, which quite unexpectedly results in a reversal of their roles as master and servant. Strongly hinting at the intimacy of their relationship as the contributing factor in Barrett’s control over Tony, The Servant is a dark film about class standing and repressed British homosexuality in the 1960s (Klaus Ming March 2015).