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Leading cultural historian Professor Christopher Breward recently gave a lecture at Falmouth University, titled Dirk Bogarde: From Doctor to Decadent, focussing on the nature of Dirk’s onscreen costume throughout his career.

A recording of the lecture is now hosted on the site, along with the full text of the original article. It can be found in the Style Icon section here

The headline is a quote from Dirk, speaking to James Fox at the Connaught, the old friends that Dirk refers to are Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful.

Cast a Dark Shadow

Dirk stars alongside Margaret Lockwood in this 1955 movie, which has finally been released on DVD, by Simply Media.

Find out more about the film in the filmography.

Buy the DVD.

Dirk in Uniform

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen, Dirk Bogarde’s claim to have seen that ‘hell on earth’ at first hand is reassessed by his official biographer, John Coldstream.

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The BFI have compiled a list of 10 essential Dirk Bogarde films.

Darling

Darling (1965)


Find out more about the film in the filmography.

Buy the Blu-ray (UK).

A few more Dirk films have recently been released on Blu-ray.

Hot Enough for June

Hot Enough for June (1962)


Find out more about the film in the filmography.

Buy the Blu-ray.

Victim

Victim (1961)


Find out more about the film in the filmography.

Buy the Blu-ray (UK).

Victim

The Night Porter (1974)


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Buy the Blu-ray.

039a - We Joined the Navy

Dirk’s brief but witty appearance in this 1962 movie is finally released on DVD.

Find out more about the film in the filmography.

Buy the DVD.

The Sir Dirk Bogarde Facebook page now has over 12,100 members.
A Postillion Struck by Lightning

A Postillion Struck by Lightning (1977)

First Published: Chatto & Windus 1977
Published: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 0-75381-930-9

Dirk’s first book, A Postillion Struck by Lightning, is an elegiac account of childhood holidays amidst the enchanting beauty of rural Sussex – of summer days spent fishing with his young sister, hunting for an escaped tortoise and discovering the biggest mushroom in the world. Then there came the plays he and his sister used to put on in the barn, followed by forays onto the stage with the local amateur dramatic society. Finally, just as war broke out, came an audition for a scholarship to the Old Vic . . .

‘What emerges . . . is a whole life. Whole in the sense that the sensitive, shy, brilliant human being called Dirk Bogarde speaks to you as you read’

Dilys Powell, The Sunday Times

Providence

A newly restored print of Providence screened recently at the 70th International Venice Film Festival.

More information can be found here.

A DVD release is planned for next month.

Another recently restored print, of Victim, is showing on the 17th October at the BFI Southbank.

More information and tickets (available from 20th September) can be found here.

Two new releases from StudioCanal, both on Bluray for the first time.

The Servant and Accident

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A recent article in the Telegraph on the rediscovery of Dirk’s Rolls Royce can be found here.
Dirk in The Servant

A newly restored print of The Servant is being shown at the BFI Southbank, from the 25th March to the 4th April 2013.

Tickets are available here.

The Servant has been included in Barry Norman’s Best British Films of All Time.

According to Mr Norman, he made his selection based on what people would want to watch again and again, with youngsters today enjoying them as much as when they were first made

See the full list here.

The Sir Dirk Bogarde Facebook page is approaching 2,000 members.

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