The Go-Between details
|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Michael Redgrave, Edward Fox, Margaret Leighton, Dominic Guard, Julie Christie, Alan Bates|
|Genre:||Drama - General|
|Run time:||1 hour 51 minutes|
|Rental release:||22 Jan 2007|
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A Lost Golden AgeBy a customer from Llanfairpwllgwyngyll..., Anglesey , 03 Feb 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]If you love modern action movies, with fast moving dialogue, staggering special effects, pulsating music, and rapid camera action dont rent this movie! Ive just watched it for about the tenth time since it was released in 1970 and, for me, it has lost nothing of the charm that has made it one of my all time favourites.
This is just an old-fashioned tale of an impossible love between a man and a woman belonging to different social classes. The very use of this term must tell you that the story is set somewhere in the early 1900s. And its English, so very, very English, and thats one of the things I love about it. Its full of English summer landscape, English tradition, and all the prejudice and frailties that made up what we now look back to longingly as a lost golden age, before the Great War destroyed it for ever. Its filled with the sounds of the countryside rain falling, wind blowing through leaves, the songs and calls of English birds and, that most precious of commodities, silence something modern film makers cant seem to face. The music, in the few places where it seems needed is dramatic, short, understated. The acting is impeccable, especially that of the young Dominic Guard, a complete innocent trying to understand what it is that adult men and women do when theyre in love.
If you havent seen it yet, you cant begin to understand what really good film-making is capable of.
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A ClassicBy SamSpade (7 reviews) , 17 Mar 2013One of the very best British films of the 1970,s,great adaptation of LP Hartley,s novel by Harold Pinter, Director Joseph Losey get's exceptional performances from the cast particularly Dominic Guard as Leo,glorious photography,a film that i found utterly captivating
Should be on everyone's list to watchBy a customer , 06 Feb 2013An excellent movie that doesn't show its age. Good cast, and screenplay by the great Harold Pinter. Truly movie heaven!
Dire, awkward, stilted dialogue, embarassing.By a customer , 13 Nov 2012One of very few films that we have been unable to watch until the end because it was unbearable. So much of the acting was wooden and the dialogue was embarassingly stilted.
There were some top notch actors involved (not least, Julie Christie) and their performances were exceptions in a dire film. Unfortunately they were swamped by inept actors and a turgid plot. I suspect they were trying to recreate the mores of the country house and the pompous speech of the English public school; all they achieved was awkward dialogue and embarassing performances, especially from the younger actors.
The plot took an age to take shape and there just wasn't enough to keep the viewer engaged in the meantime. By the time we gave up, the film was half-way through and the plot was still unfolding. A big disappointment because this was a film I missed at the time and have wanted to see for years.
Wonderful evocation of bygone ageBy a customer , 12 May 2012Wonderful, incredibly atmospheric, poignant and well-acted - why don't they make them like this any more? Some may find it slow-paced but I say it's languid and well-observed.
One of those great British films....By ash53 (53 reviews) from newbury , 20 Apr 2012Just beautiful - amazed me how much was 'told' without being 'shown' - loved the way the 'now' scenes in and out of the main 'past' story built the tension - just what did happen? When would we find out? Odd really that this beautiful measured - almost stately- film had that quality of suspense.
Great photography, Julie Christie radiant as per - one of those great British films you dont see now - one with a great and talented ensemble cast and not just cut-price wannabees dressing out the 'star'.