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Betrayal (1983)

Pinter's semi-autobiographical play examining the surprise attraction, shy first steps, gradual flowering, and treasonous deception of a woman's extramarital affair with her husband's best ... See full summary »

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Pinter's semi-autobiographical play examining the surprise attraction, shy first steps, gradual flowering, and treasonous deception of a woman's extramarital affair with her husband's best friend; the entire story is told from the husband's point of view, with the scenes in precise reverse chronological order. Written by Dan Hartung <dhartung@mcs.com>

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In every life...for every love...with every trust...there is a risk of Betrayal.

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20 February 1983 (USA)  »

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Anatomia de uma Traição  »

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The original Broadway production of "Betrayal" by Harold Pinter opened on 5th January 1980 at the Trafalgar Theatre and ran until 31 May that year. It has since had two revivals, 14th November 2000 to 4th February 2001, and 27th October 2013 to 5th January 2014. It has run on Broadway in total for around 170 performances. See more »

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Robert: [after his wife tells him that she's been having an affair with his best friend] Where does it take place? Must be a bit awkward. I mean we've got two kids, he's got two kids not to mention a wife.
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Referenced in Friends: The One Where Chandler Gets Caught (2004) See more »

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Great screen-writing plus great acting = great movie
24 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

I watched this movie because I heard that the screen-writer had used a unique structure--the story is told backwards in time. Every succeeding scene occurs chronologically before the previous one. I wanted to see if the screen-writer was just using a gimmick, or if the structure actually added to the telling of the story. I was overjoyed to find out it was the latter! The magic of this movie is that Pinter makes the time sequence seem natural. By the end of the movie, the viewer is convinced this is the only way the story could have been told effectively. I highly recommend this movie to all who love cinema.


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