Fri-Sun, Nov 8-10
Dir. Joseph Losey, UK, 1963, 116 min., NR, DCP, 50th Anniversary Restoration Official Website
Upper-crust James Fox thinks he’s found a “treasure” in Jeeves-efficient new butler Dirk Bogarde — just the man to put his life and swankily restored Knightsbridge townhouse in order — though his frightfully stuck-up fiancée Wendy Craig sniffs more than disapprovingly. But after Bogarde’s mini-skirted “sister” Sarah Miles suddenly shows up on Fox’s doorstep, the line of demarcation between Upstairs and Downstairs blurs, in American blacklistee Losey’s pioneering mod psychodrama, the first of three collaborations with playwright Harold Pinter (who can also be glimpsed in a restaurant cameo). With jazz score by John Dankworth (and vocal by his wife Cleo Laine, heard on an eros-arousing LP) and stunning b&w camerawork by Douglas Slocombe (KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS, MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK etc., etc.).