Tea and Sympathy

Film
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Filming The Servant with Harold Pinter, Losey could treat the homosexual relationship between master and manservant with both visual élan and verbal acuity. Minnelli was less lucky. Robert Anderson's sensitive if fancifully written play, about a housemaster's wife coaxing a pupil out of latent tendencies, was weakened to such a degree through the combined forces of censorship and CinemaScope that the tendencies threatened to disappear completely. Which can hardly be said for the students' garish shirts and pullovers, the phony exterior sets, or the gleaming '50s automobiles - all on constant parade. Yet the film's details - indeed, its very timidity - still ensure fascinating viewing.

Release details

Duration:
122 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Vincente Minnelli
Screenwriter:
Robert Anderson
Cast:
Deborah Kerr
John Kerr
Leif Erickson
Edward Andrews
Darryl Hickman
Dean Jones
Norma Crane