Films by Harold Pinter
Victory 1982

Not Filmed

Published in Collected Screenplays Volume 2

Faber and Faber 2000

Conrad's last major novel tells the story of a Swedish baron who seeks solitude in the Dutch East Indies. He is brought back into the world, however, when he becomes involved in the life of the young English girl he rescues-only to find himself in a deadly duel with her exploiter.

'I worked on the script of Victory with Richard Lester. I had found Joseph Conrad's book immensely powerful, with a very rich collection of characters. I was also excited to write a film based in East Asia in 1900. But the American production company did not share my enthusiasm. They decided that "period" films cost too much money, particularly when they dealt with Conradian moral complexities, so they withdrew. This screenplay has never been shot, although another film of the book was made a few years ago.'

Harold Pinter introduction to Collected Screenplays Volume 2 Faber and Faber 2000


Further Reading

'Victory: A Pinter Screenplay based on the Conrad novel' by Christopher C. Hudgins (Pinter Review 1991)

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