Bartleby (1970) Hermen Melville
So here I am this memorial weekend in NY ,and i happened to watch "Bartleby" penned by the great Herman Melville, it was very strange to see london in the late 60's with the lonely John Mc Enery (British classical stage actor, best remembered for his intense, highly flamboyant portrayal of "Mercutio" in Franco Zeffirelli's film version of Romeo and Juliet (1968/I). He was nominated for a BAFTA for this supporting role).As Bartelby looking for a job in his dreary suit and slaggy trousers, finally he gets a job as a audit clerk in a small accountancy firm , things seem to go well until the boss gets a reply from Bartleby 'I would prefer not to' this is his reply to every order from his boss , and i kept thinking why does the boss not fire him ? well the directing is very creative from Anthony Friedman both from the directing of the actors and the long distance camera work to heighten the lonely and miserable character , definitely a film to watch and a masterpiece as far as I am concerned . There have been remakes of this film but the 1970 version is the best one .