directed by Joseph Losey
UK 1970


Losey's adaptation of LP Hartley's novel is one of his more impressive later works. Together with screenwriter Harold Pinter, he creates another of his depictions of the destructive side of the English class system, as a love affair between the daughter of an affluent country family and a local farmer is tragically thwarted by prejudice and convention. Seen through the eyes of a young boy who acts as the instrument for the couple's assignations, the affair becomes the nexus for all the repression and unspoken manipulations brewing under the polite facade of an apparently civilised society; battle becomes personal on the cricket field, and the chink of teacups hides vicious whispers and plotting. It occasionally becomes a bit too precious, especially with the inserts of the grown-up go-between visiting his past haunts, but it's strong on atmosphere (the Norfolk locations are beautifully shot by Gerry Fisher), performance and moral nuance.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE



Theatrical Release: UK December 1970

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DVD Review: Optimum - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the Review!


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Runtime 1:51:12 (4% PAL speedup)

1:1.33 Open Matte format
Average Bitrate: 4.66 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Optimum

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1:1.33

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: 22 Jan 2007
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The Studio Canal Collection Blu-ray is reviewed HERE!

The Go-Between is the third and final collaboration between Harold Pinter and Joseph Losey. Where there's available strong DVD's of The Servant and Accident, this however is not quite the same standard. It's not bad, but I think here's recycled an old transfer. Luckily the transfer is in Open Matte and nothing is missing from the image. Actually it's transferred in 1:1.31, and has minor black bars on the left and right side. The image is quite sharp, though zooming it in, there's a lack of detail in indoor scenes. Also the skin-tones are too red in my opinion.

The sound is clean, but far too narrow for a film made in 1970. The dialog has some minor cracks throughout. This is possibly cleaned from a used optical track.

It is an average transfer for a film worth so much more, but at least it's now available on DVD, and fully watchable.

NOTE: For the time being (08/2007) it's only 3.97 Pound at Amazon.UK!

 - Per-Olof Strandberg


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