The Go-Between

Production Year 1970
Starring Julie Christie, Alan Bates,
Michael Redgrave, Dominic Guard,
Margaret Leighton and Edward Fox
Written by Harold Pinter
based on the novel by L P Hartley
Directed by Joseph Losey

American director Joseph Losey studied under Bertholt Brecht and began his movie career in the US but after being blacklisted as a communist in Hollywood in the 1950s he moved to Europe and made all his remaining films there.

 The Go-Between is one of three highly successful collaborations between Losey and the playwright Harold Pinter. The other two films The Servant and Accident, like The Go-Between deal with themes of class and sexual transgression. Each of the three has a very different setting and each demonstrates Losey's experimentation with cinematic conventions. The Go-Between uses montage, voice over and music in combination with Pinter's sparse dialogue to create a visually striking and memorable drama. The performances are immaculate and newcomer Dominic Guard impresses as the young boy caught between the illicit lovers. He won a BAFTA for his performance.

 The Go Between features a haunting score by Michel Legrand and won the Grand Prix at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.