Starring Dirk Bogarde

Starring Dirk Bogarde

13 Episodes

Though his pretty-boy good looks first propelled him to fame as a British matinee idol, there was always something edgy and intriguingly unwholesome lurking beneath Dirk Bogarde’s debonair surface: a complex, neurotic soul that, in his extraordinary later career, he bared before the cameras of iconoclastic auteurs like Joseph Losey, Luchino Visconti, Liliana Cavani, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Through his brilliant performances in frequently controversial art-house provocations such as VICTIM, THE SERVANT, DEATH IN VENICE, and THE NIGHT PORTER, Bogarde became something of an emblem of transgressive sexuality, moral corruption, and decadence—an actorly embodiment of postwar Europe’s bourgeois malaise. The fearlessness with which Bogarde took on these risky roles and the intelligence that he brought to them has ensured that, one hundred years after his birth, he endures as one of cinema’s most captivating performers.

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Starring Dirk Bogarde
  • Starring Dirk Bogarde Teaser

    Episode 1

  • The Woman in Question

    Episode 2

    Directed by Anthony Asquith • 1950 • United Kingdom

    Five different angles on a woman's personality and murder come to light during the police investigation in Anthony Asquith's murder mystery.

  • The Sea Shall Not Have Them

    Episode 3

    Directed by Lewis Gilbert • 1954 • United Kingdom
    Starring Michael Redgrave, Dirk Bogarde, Anthony Steel

    In this gripping World War II thriller, four Allied men struggle to survive in a lifeboat on the North Sea after their plane is shot down. One of the men, Air Commodore Waltby (Michael Redgra...

  • Cast a Dark Shadow

    Episode 4

    Directed by Lewis Gilbert • 1955 • United Kingdom
    Starring Dirk Bogarde, Margaret Lockwood, Kathleen Harrison

    Dirk Bogarde twists his matinee-idol charm to dark ends in this tense British noir. His name may be Teddy Bare, but you’d better not cuddle up to this psychopath, who murders his wealthy...

  • Victim

    Episode 5

    Directed by Basil Dearden • 1961 • United Kingdom

    An extraordinary performance by Dirk Bogarde grounds this intense, sobering indictment of early-sixties social intolerance and sexual puritanism. Bogarde plays Melville Farr, a married barrister who is one of a large group of closeted London me...

  • The Servant

    Episode 6

    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 Ro...

  • Darling

    Episode 7

    Directed by John Schlesinger • 1965 • United Kingdom
    Starring Julie Christie, Dirk Bogarde, Laurence Harvey

    Julie Christie won a best actress Oscar for her star-making performance as a restless model ascending the social ladder of swinging-sixties London as she bounces between affairs with two m...

  • Accident

    Episode 8

    Directed by Joseph Losey • 1967 • United Kingdom
    Starring Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Jacqueline Sassard

    Mysterious, subversive, and endlessly fascinating, ACCIDENT is a tantalizing modernist puzzle from director Joseph Losey and writer Harold Pinter. Stephen (Dirk Bogarde) is a middle-aged pro...

  • The Damned

    Episode 9

    Directed by Luchino Visconti • 1969 • Italy
    Starring Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem

    Selected by none other than Rainer Werner Fassbinder as his favorite film of all time, Luchino Visconti’s deliriously perverse vision of Nazi decadence charts the fortunes of the industrialist von Esse...

  • Death in Venice

    Episode 10

    Directed by Luchino Visconti • 1971 • Italy
    Starring Dirk Bogarde, Björn Andrésen, Marisa Berenson

    Based on the classic novella by Thomas Mann, this late-career masterpiece from Luchino Visconti is a meditation on the nature of art, the allure of beauty, and the inescapability of death. A fastid...

  • The Night Porter

    Episode 11

    Directed by Liliana Cavani • 1974 • Italy
    Starring Charlotte Rampling, Dirk Bogarde

    In this unsettling drama from Italian filmmaker Liliana Cavani, a concentration camp survivor (Charlotte Rampling) discovers her former torturer and lover (Dirk Bogarde) working as a porter at a hotel in postwar ...

  • Despair

    Episode 12

    Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder • 1978 • West Germany
    Starring Dirk Bogarde, Andréa Ferréol, Klaus Löwitsch

    Adapted by Tom Stoppard from a novel by Vladimir Nabokov, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s first English-language film is a perversely stylized investigation of identity and duality. Dissat...

  • Daddy Nostalgia

    Episode 13

    Directed by Bertrand Tavernier • 1990 • France
    Starring Dirk Bogarde, Jane Birkin, Odette Laure

    Dirk Bogarde delivers a spirited final screen performance opposite Jane Birkin in this poignant and perceptive tale about the regrets that mark a lifetime. As a father to his screenwriter daughter Car...