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    Yes : a couple of years ago I drove over to have a look at it. After having been empty for a long time, it was being re-developed.

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    Groan...another luxury hotel, retirement home, block of appartments? At least they can't just pull down these buildings the way they used to (qv Country Life Book of Lost Houses)

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    I found the film dull and predictable. The 'shocking' roll in the hay and its subsequent effect on Leo made little sense to the audience of 1970. It was part of the 'never mind the story, just admire the frocks' school of thought. It promised much more than it ultimately delivered.

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    I think you have to get into the mind set of the period to get the impact that such an affair would have had on the family. The book is worth reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patacake
    I think you have to get into the mind set of the period to get the impact that such an affair would have had on the family. The book is worth reading.
    I'll have to take your word on the book. As for the film, I am a great fan of period films in fact. This one just seemed redundant.

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    John Romano on The Go-Between
    The screenwriter behind the films Intolerable Cruelty and The Lincoln Lawyer explains why Harold Pinter�s screenplay for The Go-Between is so inspiring.

    6:39PM BST 21 Jul 2011

    I saw The Go-Between as a student in the early Seventies in London, and it had a huge impact on me. As a kid, I�d never really been to the movies, for whatever reason, but when I was in London I caught this moment when there was a wave of movies with great scripts � Far from the Madding Crowd, for example, and Sunday Bloody Sunday came soon after.

    The Go-Between was directed by Joseph Losey, but the script was Harold Pinter, and what riveted me, aside from the gorgeous performances and sweeping cynicism, was the language.

    Before that it was all about literature for me: I wanted to be a novelist. I was reading Browning and working on Dickens � you can become a snob no matter how young you are. But this film�s pure language blew me away.

    The movie is a 13-year-old boy�s point of view on a very adult, torrid love affair that crosses class lines, set in Norfolk.

    There�s L P Hartley�s novel behind the film, and I now know from experience how difficult it is to adapt a novel into a film. Afterwards, I went back to the novel and it�s fine, but the movie is better and that doesn�t happen often.

    Pinter�s screenplay seems to me to be perfection. I�m still looking for anything nearly as good in the world of cinema.

    The one-liners, such as when Edward Fox [who plays Hugh Trimingham] leans over to the boy [Leo, played by Dominic Guard] and says, �Nothing is ever a lady�s fault�, are wonderful, but it really comes to life in the dialogue. It�s not surprising Pinter was one of the great playwrights of our time.

    It�s a very beautiful movie and often, if you meet someone who knows it, then you will see them light up when it�s mentioned. It didn�t have the shelf life of other movies of the period like The Godfather or Lawrence of Arabia, but from a screenwriter�s point of view it�s inspiring.

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