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The Go Between Review

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Leo, now an elderly man, reminisces about a summer he once spent at a classmate's country estate in turn-of-the-century England. Leo unwittingly becomes the messenger who runs love letters from his friend's aristocratic sister and a handsome tenant farmer who lives nearby. Leo falls in love with the woman and the shattering consequences of the summer's events last his entire lifetime.

★★★★★

Young Dominic Guard conveys messages between Edwardian free spirit Julie Christie and horny-handed handyman Alan Bates in Joseph Losey’s chilly but attractive filming of L.P. Hartley’s more interesting rewrite of Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Christie and Bates, in the last burst of their 60s trendiness, try to be unbridled, but Losey relentlessly gets the bit between their mouths and pulls it tight. Distinguished British character players — Michael Gough, Michael Redgrave, Margaret Leighton, Edward Fox — make it seem a touch like a super-produced BBC classic serial, but Harold Pinter drops in a few of his trademarked pauses to impress a welcome personality on the project.

Stringent direction of the film's star performers leaves The Go-Between among the ranks of what might have beens.

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