The Go-Between Screen 2 articles

The Go-Between

1970

The Go-Between Poster
  • For Leo, and by extension the audience, the violence of Mrs. Maudley’s wrath, the discovery of Marian and Ted having sex, and the guilt he feels at Ted’s death (all of which we observe in shorter and shorter moments, vanishing as a half-remembered childhood memory) culminates in the final scene as great tragedy not because all of this has ruined his life, but because his cry for rescue to Marian is answered only by another painful request: to once again fulfil his duties as a postman.

  • Oddly, it was two expatriate American directors who perfected the look of that quintessentially English form, the “white linen” period drama. James Ivory made the sub-genre a box-office staple, but it was Joseph Losey who got there first in this adaptation of LP Hartley’s drama of innocence lost, scripted by Harold Pinter... Shot by Gerry Fisher, the English rural summer has never seemed so languid or so treacherous.