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The Go-Between (1971) (PG)

The Go-Between (1971)

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Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film runtime: 1h 51m

The story of the romance between a young woman (Julie Christie) of the aristocracy and a lowly farmer (Alan Bates). Told through the eyes of the boy (Dominic Guard) who is hired to deliver messages between the lovers.

Levels and layers are at play in Joseph Losey's Palme d'Or winning period drama (beating, among others, Luchino Visconti's Death In Venice) - from class to the differences between the way adults and children understand the world - although, as so often in British costume drama, it is class that is king.

Adapted for the screen from the LP Hartley novel by Harold Pinter, it marked Losey's third collaboration with the playwright after The Servant and Accident. The story is mostly observed from the perspective of 12-year-old Leo (Guard) - who we meet as an adult, when he is played by Michael Redgrave - who has gone to spend summer with his far richer friend Marcus (Richard Gibson).

The stars rarely align as perfectly as they did when Losey and Pinter decided to make this film. Seek it out, it is truly ageless.