Summer 1900: Queen Victoria’s last and the summer Leo turns 13. He’s the guest of Marcus, a wealthy classmate, at a grand home in rural Norfolk. Leo is befriended by Marian, Marcus’s twenty-something sister, a beauty about to be engaged to Hugh, a viscount and good fellow.
Marian buys Leo a forest-green suit, takes him on walks, and asks him to carry messages to and from their neighbor, Ted Burgess, a bit of a rake. Leo is soon dissembling, realizes he’s betraying Hugh, but continues as the go-between nonetheless, asking adults naive questions about the attractions of men and women. Can an affair between neighbors stay secret for long? And how does innocence end?
The Go-Between (1971)
Directed by: Joseph Losey
Starring: Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Margaret Leighton, Michael Redgrave, Dominic Guard, Michael Gough, Amaryllis Garnett
Screenplay by: Harold Pinter
Cinematography by: Gerry Fisher
Film Editing by: Reginald Beck
Costume Design by: John Furniss
Art Direction by: Carmen Dillon
Music by: Michel Legrand
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: November 13, 1971