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The Go-Between - Wellington Film Society

The Go-Between - Wellington Film Society

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  • Mon 23 May ’16, 6:15pm – 8:15pm


The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington



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  • Members free: $0.00
  • 12-month membership: $95.00

The Go-Between
(Joseph Losey, UK, 1971) 118 minutes M

This 1971 adaptation of L.P. Hartley’s novel was the third and final collaboration between Joseph Losey and Harold Pinter. It is the story of a young boy, Leo (Dominic Guard), who spends a hot summer holiday with his friend Marcus’ (Richard Gibson) upper-class family at their country house, unwittingly becoming embroiled in a forbidden love affair between the daughter and a local farmer. The Go-Between mirrors several of the themes of Losey and Pinter’s previous projects, The Servant (1963) and Accident (1967). Dwelling on themes of class, loss of innocence and our relationship to the past, the novel is well suited to Losey’s cold, detached style and Pinter’s subtle, allusive language. Pinter retains the novel's device of interrupting the action to flash forward some 50 years, until gradually we realise that the story is not taking place as we see it, but is a memory of events from the past, told from the perspective of Leo as an older man. This, the key theme of Losey's film – how the past shapes the present and yet constantly eludes us - is reflected in the oft-quoted line which opens both novel and film, ‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.’
- BFI Screenonline.

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