Sunday Bloody Sunday (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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I understood how my black students felt when they saw SOUNDER for the first time when I saw this movie on its release in 197l. "At last here is a decent movie about us." Not only was the movie about bisexual and gay relationships, but the characters were richly and complexly developed. In a word, believable. The plot is rather straight-forward-- the screen play is by Penelope Gilliatt--Alex played by Glenda Jackson is having an affair with Bob who is played by Murray Head who is having an affair also with Dr. Daniel Hirsch played by Peter Finch. Rod Steiger may have preempted Peter Finch and Murray Head with a kiss on the lips between males in THE SERGEANT, but the kiss between Finch and Head here was certainly well ahead of its time.
The movie is visually very beautiful and well put together. The film opens with a closeup of the hands of Dr. Finch who is examining an older male patient. We see similar scenes throughout the movie of closeups of both Jackson's hands as she makes love to Head and Finch's hands as well. Much is made of answering services and phone messages since Alex and Dr. Hirsch have to share Bob and often have to be satisfied with phone messages rather than him in the flesh. (We can all be thankful this movie was made years before the advent of mobile phones.Read more ›
The 1971 film remains today the finest work ever to deal with gay or bisexual characters. The milieu is educated and upper-crust London and Londoners, in the period after the sixties. The landmark quality of the film is that it assumes viewers are intelligent as the characters on display. There's no big deal at all made of the characters' sexual orientations -- they simply are. Gilliatt wanted to write a film about the "possibility" of people who love each other finding the courage to move on in their lives once a relationship has ended -- for whatever reason -- with compassion and charity toward each other. The film is about different kinds of breakdown in communication, about surviving on less and less, about clinging to the possibility of hope in extremity. The film ends on a positive note -- it sees courage in the everday, in moving ahead with one's life. The credit must go to Gilliatt. Schlesinger directed, but the soul of the film is Gilliatt's much-honored screenplay.
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A pretty interesting film. This isn't one of those movies that's especially thrilling to watch (although there is some very nice... Read more
One of my favorites from way back! Glad not to have to hunt for my (battered) vhs copy anymore!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Directed by the late John Schlesinger, this mature 1971 British drama boasts an impressive cast that includes Peter Finc,h, Glenda Jackson and Murray Head . Read morePublished 8 months ago by Thomas J Lombardo
It's an exceptional film, and at the time when it was released I thought it was one of the best films I'd ever seen. But now, the relentless bleakness of it is a bit trying. Read morePublished 15 months ago by addison de witt
This is now something of a period piece and perhaps one of my stars is for that. Still, it is a wonderful film. Glenda Jackson and Peter Finch are superb. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Aged Soreman
Great acting. Part of the British Film Invasion of the 60 & early 70's. Glenda Jackson is a great actress.Published on July 8, 2014 by An Ohio Consumer