The Hireling (1973)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  19 July 1973 (Netherlands)
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A young British woman suffering from depression over the loss of her husband develops an unusual relationship with her chauffeur.



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Credited cast:
Steven Ledbetter
Lady Franklin
Captain Hugh Cantrip
Caroline Mortimer ...
Lady Franklin's mother
Christine Hargreaves ...
Lyndon Brook ...
Patricia Lawrence ...
Mrs. Hansen
Petra Markham ...
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Christopher Douglas
Ernest C. Jennings
Alison Leggatt


A young British woman suffering from depression over the loss of her husband develops an unusual relationship with her chauffeur.

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A Lady e o Motorista  »

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Lady Franklin: [Asking Hugh about his wartime experiences] Was it very bad?
Captain Hugh Cantrip: [There is a telling silence: we cannot see his expression because of the shadows]
Lady Franklin: Well, you're back now.
Captain Hugh Cantrip: [as light and shadow flicker across his face] Am I? Sometimes I wonder...
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Presumption and disrespect

After watching "The Go-Between", author L.P. Hartley cried, being so moved by the cinematic representation of his novel. Had he been alive he may well have cried after watching "The Hireling" for the way his subtle novel had been vulgarized. But Hartley had died just before "The Hireling" was made and playwright Wolf Mankovwitz felt himself free to do as he pleased with Hartley's book. That in itself seems to be an act of great disrespect and worse, his changes are greatly detrimental to the work. It calls into question just what right does one have to so radically alter a work. There is little doubt that Hartley would ever have agreed to this version.

It's a great pity. The bulk of the film is well done, both Robert Shaw and Sarah Miles delivering strong performances. Adhereing to Hartley novel the overall effect would have so much more compelling.

Not only a disappointment, but a great annoyance at the presumption of lesser artists to tamper with the work of their betters.

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