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3.0 out of 5 stars 5 star film, 1 star DVD, 2 Feb. 2007
This review is from: The Go-Between [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
This is a superb film, unfolding at a moodily languid pace and portraying the injustice of the class system in British society with far more subtlety than most period films. It is a film for intelligent viewers who can appreciate the accumulation of hints and nuances that support this through line. Alan Bates is superb, and Julie Christie is also very well cast. Though he only appears at the end, Michael Redgrave is mesmeric as the haunted bachelor asked to once more walk into the trauma of his youth. This youth involved carrying illicit notes between a young aristocratic single woman (Christie) and a tenant farmer on her family's land (Bates). The interplay of these characters is fascinating, owing much to Joseph Losey's restrained elegant direction and Harold Pinter's taut screenplay. Though I have not read the L.P. Hartley novel on which this is based, I am now very much encouraged to do so.

Unfortunately, though the back of the DVD case claims that the aspect ratio is 1.85, the film is presented in a butchered 1.33 to fit conventional TV screens. Hopefully a more meticulous release will come out at some stage, as the film really is a masterpiece that deserves to be seen as originally intended and shot.
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Initial post: 1 Jun 2013 23:38:32 BDT
Colm McElroy says:
Simon,
I trust you have read the book by now. It is my all-time favourite novel. It transports us to a different world - a world filled with a new sense of hope, a world of innocence (soon lost), a world of memories (are they real or distorted?), a world of blazing sunshine and cricket, in the dying days of Victoria's England. For atmosphere and tension and the feeling that something will go wrong; for sadness and pathos - it cannot be beaten. I have not bothered with the film. Colm.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2014 08:39:32 BDT
jackie says:
Colm,
I agree with you about the book of the Go-Between. My favourite too! I know a film version usually spoils this but this one is different. Pinter and Losey at their best and in this case you should be brave! The atmosphere is there in the film too.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2014 22:18:52 BDT
Colm McElroy says:
Thanks for your comment Jackie. On your recommendation I shall now go and get the film version. Usually I am disappointed with these (although I loved Visconti's 'Death in Venice' with Dirk Bogarde) but, because of your message, am happy to make an exception in this case. Thanks again, Colm.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2015 16:54:15 BDT
i think the book was far better than this film, if I had not read the book I would have struggled with this film.
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