Bartleby is a 1970 British drama film directed by Anthony Friedman and starring Paul Scofield, John McEnery and Thorley Walters. It is an adaptation of the short story "Bartleby, the Scrivener; A Story of Wall-street" by Herman Melville. The film relocates the narrative from New York in the 1850s to London in the 1970s.


Bartleby, a young audit clerk, is defeated by the pressures of modern life; he gradually opts out of all forms of social engagement and withdraws into his own world.

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    contentLocation London
    director Anthony Friedman
    editor John S. Smith
    genre drama
    keywords modern life
    musicBy Roger Webb
    producer Rodney Carr-Smith
    productionCompany Pantheon Film Productions
    publisher British Lion Film Corporation