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(1963)

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When Joseph Losey was hospitalized for two weeks during this shoot, Dirk Bogarde continued filming assisted by minute, daily instructions over the phone from Losey's hospital bed. When Losey returned to the set he did not re-shoot any of the script, much to the relief of cast and crew.
Originally planned as a film by a different director, Michael Anderson. It was he who commissioned Harold Pinter to write the script, in 1961. When Anderson dropped out of the project, Joseph Losey took over and insisted that Pinter's script be extensively rewritten. This led to what Losey claimed was their only quarrel in over twenty years of close friendship (but Pinter did do the rewrites).
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Wendy Craig replaced Vanessa Redgrave who was to make her feature debut but had to drop out because she was pregnant with her eldest child Natasha Richardson.
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Joseph Losey's 10th film shot in the UK after he was blacklisted in Hollywood.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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The first of Harold Pinter's three film collaborations with Joseph Losey. The other two were Accident (1967) and The Go-Between (1971).
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Some dialogue from the film was used in a remix version of the song "Violet" by Seal. Notably at 5:53,6:23, and 8:05.
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