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The Go-Between (1971)

Tale of torrid and forbidden love between Christie and Bates 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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18 June 1971 (France)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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One of three cinema movie collaborations of actor Alan Bates and actress Julie Christie. Each production was made in a subsequent decade i.e. there was one each from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The films are Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) (the first), The Go-Between (1971) (the second), and The Return of the Soldier (1982) (the third and final). See more »

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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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Referenced in Thirtysomething: The Go Between (1990) See more »

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The Go-Between (Suite Pour Harpe, Clavecin Et Orchestre)
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand
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One of the greatest films ever
15 November 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Of course, it is all a matter of personal taste. However this film captures the painful endurance of Leo as his country collapses towards war, a rigid society faces its own internal turmoil and Leo is stripped of his innocence before he is ready.

Set during a blistering summer before the First World War in which Leo stays with the wealthy family of a schoolfriend, the story revolves around Leo's new acquaintances amongst the adults of the family and their circle of socialites (his friend is confined to bed with measles). Leo is drawn into acting as a messenger between Marian and Ted Burgess, a local yeoman farmer.

Beneath the surface is a compelling tension that encompasses Marian, her suitor (Viscount Trimmingham), Ted Burgess and Marian's mother. All of this is witnessed by Leo who has to deal with his burgeoning but still confused understanding of the situation and his own schoolboy affections for Marian.

The story boils to a climax when the oppressive summer finally breaks and the dramatic revelations violently alter the course of personal lives, society and England.


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