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The Go-Between (1971)

A tale of torrid and forbidden love between a couple in the English countryside.

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Summer 1900: Queen Victoria's last and the summer Leo turns 13. He's the guest of Marcus, a wealthy classmate, at a grand home in rural Norfolk. Leo is befriended by Marian, Marcus's twenty-something sister, a beauty about to be engaged to Hugh, a viscount and good fellow. Marian buys Leo a forest-green suit, takes him on walks, and asks him to carry messages to and from their neighbor, Ted Burgess, a bit of a rake. Leo is soon dissembling, realizes he's betraying Hugh, but continues as the go-between nonetheless, asking adults naive questions about the attractions of men and women. Can an affair between neighbors stay secret for long? And how does innocence end? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This Year's Grand Prize Winner at the Cannes Film Festival

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Drama | Romance

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18 June 1971 (France)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In 1956 Alexander Korda bought the film rights to the novel, with a script to be written by Nancy Mitford and to star Margaret Leighton and John Gielgud or Alec Guinness in the lead roles. See more »

Goofs

After one of Marian's rendezvous with Burgess in the shrubbery, she emerges hurriedly when she is called. Her modern-day brassiere is clearly visible through her thin blouse as she hustles out of the bushes. Though women were beginning to experiment with such "radical" garments in 1900, it is doubtful that a young, marriageable woman would have known of such things. See more »

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Version of The Go-Between (2015) See more »

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Le Messager (The Go-Between) (Thème Du Film)
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand
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A haunting, stunning experience
17 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Easily one of the best acted, best directed and most intellectually intriguing films I have ever seen. Julie Christie is so lovely that you will never forget her. The screenplay by Pinter is impeccable, building a rhythmic alternation of times and places, an alternation that ultimately crashes together. I have seen this movie several times - like Casablanca, it just keeps getting better - and have taught it to inner-city pre-freshmen - they loved it. They were not at all used to films that try to be artistic creations, and the slowness of the pace at first threw them off. However, once we explored the multiple levels of meaning and revelation in each of the initial scenes, they became drawn into the film, caught up in its mystery and romance and fascinated by the vision of a totally alien, yet oddly familiar, world. Losey at his best is on a par with Renoir. Why isn't this film on DVD? Even the background music is really good.


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