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Saturday, July 26, 2003
Alas, the remarkable film maker John Schlesinger has died. Here is an extract from a fine obituary:
Based on his own experiences, Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971) starred Finch as a homosexual doctor in love with a young man who also shares his favours with a woman (Glenda Jackson). Set in the middle-class homes of Hampstead, this elegant work benefited from the heartbreaking sensibility of Finch's performance, and despite silly moments (the pot-smoking children) it remains Schlesinger's best film, alongside his debut [A Kind of Loving] and a later work for television - again with a gay theme - An Englishman Abroad (1983)Read the whole piece here. Interestingly, an Englishman Abroad is about Guy Burgess in Moscow after his defection to the Soviet Union. More about that some other time.
I agree that Sunday Bloody Sunday was Schlesinger's best film. It's a movie where the music makes a vital contribution. 'Soave sia il vento', the Act 1 trio from Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart) forms a sort of idée fixe. Apart from the exquisite nature of the music, the event captured by the trio in the opera - bidding farewell to the men going away for a while - matches perfectly the recurring partings of the two pairs of screen lovers.
When I first saw the film many years ago, I left the cinema with a sense of wonder at the beauty of a piece of accurately observed, near-perfect art. We can but hope that SBS will be shown on TV shortly as a tribute.
As for Glenda Jackson, I wonder what became of her...
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