Directed by Joseph Losey • 1963 • United Kingdom
Starring Dirk Bogarde, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig
Director Joseph Losey and playwright Harold Pinter kicked off their celebrated trio of collaborations with this provocative deconstruction of class, power, and identity adapted from the novella by Robin Maugham. In one of his greatest roles, Dirk Bogarde stars as Hugo Barrett, a seemingly compliant manservant who takes a new job working for wealthy Londoner Tony (James Fox). As Hugo’s true motivations come to the fore, what begins as a traditional master-servant relationship gradually evolves into something far more complex and unsettling.