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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.

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.

As you may have seen from the new homescreen and from previous announcements the first part of the Dirk Bogarde season at the BFI gets underway very shortly.

The programme includes a selection of Dirk’s British films from the 1960’s, including Victim, The Servant and Our Mother’s House. There is also a screening of the BBC documentary made in 2001 – Arena: The Private Dirk Bogarde.

The season begins with Victim on the 3rd August.

For more details and to book tickets click here.

Despair was shown at the 64th International Film Festival in Cannes – where Fassbinder’s version of the Nabokov novel received its first screening in 1978.

Recently restored under the supervision of the cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, the new print of Despair was included in the Cannes Classics section of the Festival. It is also expected to be part of the forthcoming season of Dirk’s films at BFI Southbank, and will shortly be available as a DVD.

Although he was unhappy with the director’s cut, Dirk took lasting pride in his performance as Hermann Hermann, the deeply troubled owner of a chocolate factory.