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An interesting Sunday
on 3 November 2014
I'm a great fan of Glenda Jackson as an actress, and now as a politician, and 'Sunday, Bloody Sunday' is, in my opinion, one of the best movies she appeared in. It was directed by John Schlesinger, who gave us such British cinema greats as 'Midnight Cowboy' and 'Yanks'.
It's an interesting tale of young, middle-class couple Alex Greville (Glenda) and Daniel Hirsh (Peter Finch), who, both fools for love, are having affairs with the same bisexual young artist Bob Elkin (Murray Head). All three characters are aware of the relationships of the other two, but they prefer to live with the situation rather than risk losing Elkin completely. This is more than just a love triangle, it's a study of characters, trying to compromise with a lack of communication.
'Sunday Bloody Sunday' is both thoughtful and intelligent, an unflinching portrait of real life with stellar performances from a great cast. The film was quite the ground breaker in 1971, because Finch's homosexual character is portrayed as successful, and not somebody who is particularly upset by his sexuality. Look out for a young June Brown (now a household name as Dot Cotton in 'EastEnders') playing one of his patients.