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302 Ratings

The Go-Between

Directed by Joseph Losey
United Kingdom, 1971
Drama, Romance


Tale of torrid and forbidden love between Julie Christie and Alan Bates in the English countryside. Winner of the Palme d’Or in 1971.

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The Go-Between Directed by Joseph Losey

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1971 | Winner: Palme d'Or

Academy Awards

1972 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

National Board of Review

1972 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1972 | 4 wins including: Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles

1972 | 8 nominations including: Best Actress

Critics reviews

There are signs that Pinter himself had become infected by Losey’s tendency to overreach – for the film, though admirable, feels pristine rather than poignant. It does look “hot, and like a slightly faded Renoir or Constable”, as Losey wanted, but it doesn’t move us as much as Hartley’s novel moved Pinter: he could not stop crying when he read it
June 27, 2018
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Oddly, it was two expatriate American directors who perfected the look of that quintessentially English form, the “white linen” period drama. James Ivory made the sub-genre a box-office staple, but it was Joseph Losey who got there first in this adaptation of LP Hartley’s drama of innocence lost, scripted by Harold Pinter… Shot by Gerry Fisher, the English rural summer has never seemed so languid or so treacherous.
June 24, 2017
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For Leo, and by extension the audience, the violence of Mrs. Maudley’s wrath, the discovery of Marian and Ted having sex, and the guilt he feels at Ted’s death (all of which we observe in shorter and shorter moments, vanishing as a half-remembered childhood memory) culminates in the final scene as great tragedy not because all of this has ruined his life, but because his cry for rescue to Marian is answered only by another painful request: to once again fulfil his duties as a postman.
October 17, 2013
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