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7.7
/10
1,083 Ratings

The Go-Between

Directed by Joseph Losey
United Kingdom, 1971
Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Upper class Marian is about to be engaged to viscount Hugh, her perfect match. Over the course of a Norfolk summer in 1900, young Leo becomes besotted with Marian whilst staying at their house. Innocent of sexual matters, he becomes a pawn in the forbidden romance between her and local farmer Ted.

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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

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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Pinter and Losey capture the seething unspoken emotions that lurk beneath the green and pleasant surface with aplomb.
September 17, 2019
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