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The Go-Between

Screening on Film
Directed by Joseph Losey.
With Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Dominic Guard.
UK, 1971, 35mm, color, 116 min.
Print source: HFA

For his third and final collaboration with Pinter, Losey returns once more to the subject of youth in this haunting coming of age tale about a fateful summer spent by Leo, a middle-class boy, at the sumptuous country home of a wealthy school chum. Based on L.P. Hartley’s celebrated and eponymous novel, the film follows Leo’s discovery of a secret, transgressive love affair. One of Losey’s uncontested masterpieces, The Go-Between finds Losey again exploring the dire consequences of repressive bourgeois privilege, but now with a new, almost Proustian sense of nostalgia. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, The Go-Between masterfully evokes turn-of-the-century mores and commands incredible performances by Julie Christie and Alan Bates. – from the HFA program The Complete Joseph Losey, Part Two, Summer 2008

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