The Caretaker Group

1 portrait of Harold Pinter

The Caretaker Group

by Peter Rand
bromide print, 7 January 1963
13 3/8 in. x 10 1/2 in. (341 mm x 266 mm) image size
Purchased, 2011
Photographs Collection
NPG x136008


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  • Peter Rand (1940-), Photographer. Artist of 17 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Photographed on location in a house in Islington, London, this portrait shows the cast of the 1963 film adaptation of Harold Pinter's play The Caretaker (1960). First staged at the Arts Theatre, London on 27 April 1960, Pinter's breakthrough play explores the power struggle that ensues when a vulnerable man, Aston, who lives with his younger brother Mick, takes in an elderly tramp, Davies. For the film version, Alan Bates, Donald Pleasance and Robert Shaw played the roles of Mick, Davies, and Aston respectively. The composition of Rand's portrait deliberately reflects the claustrophobia of Clive Donner's 1963 film, for which Pinter provided the screenplay.
Published in Vogue March 1963.

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