The Go-Between

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Time Out says

Losey's adaptation of LP Hartley's novel is one of his more impressive later works. Together with screenwriter Harold Pinter, he creates another of his depictions of the destructive side of the English class system, as a love affair between the daughter of an affluent country family and a local farmer is tragically thwarted by prejudice and convention. Seen through the eyes of a young boy who acts as the instrument for the couple's assignations, the affair becomes the nexus for all the repression and unspoken manipulations brewing under the polite facade of an apparently civilised society; battle becomes personal on the cricket field, and the chink of teacups hides vicious whispers and plotting. It occasionally becomes a bit too precious, especially with the inserts of the grown-up go-between visiting his past haunts, but it's strong on atmosphere (the Norfolk locations are beautifully shot by Gerry Fisher), performance and moral nuance.
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UK release:

1970

Duration:

116 mins

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Sue

Very evocative film score and a haunting film about exploitation of a naive boy and his subsequent loss of innocence which has a profound effect on the rest of his life. You can still sense the shock in his expression as an adult.

Sue

Very evocative film score and a haunting film about exploitation of a naive boy and his subsequent loss of innocence which has a profound effect on the rest of his life. You can still sense the shock in his expression as an adult.

Diccon

My favourite film of all time. The most intensely nostalgic look at a boy's loss of innocence at the outbreak of WW1. Heart-rending and beautifully filmed, accompanied by one of the most evocative and haunting film scores.

Diccon

My favourite film of all time. The most intensely nostalgic look at a boy's loss of innocence at the outbreak of WW1. Heart-rending and beautifully filmed, accompanied by one of the most evocative and haunting film scores.

Ian

Jess, why if you hated the one so much did you bother with the film AND the book? I'd like to suggest that you have no taste but instead I will recommend that you stick with Big Brother or Coronation Street

Ian

Jess, why if you hated the one so much did you bother with the film AND the book? I'd like to suggest that you have no taste but instead I will recommend that you stick with Big Brother or Coronation Street