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Sunday Bloody Sunday 1971 *****

 

Written by film critic Penelope Gilliat, and directed by John Schlesinger on the back of Midnight Cowboy, Sunday Bloody Sunday is a tight, Pinter-esque drama about a love triangle between two men and a woman. While Peter Finch’s daughter stares glumly at fountains, his lover (Murray head) is entertaining Glenda Jackson, who as the triangle twists and turns, it’s soon obvious that hurt and disappointment lies in store for all three. Schlesinger’s film contains little action, just a succession of small, perfectly observed moments, from the doctors help for an addict to the death of a children’s dog. Gloomy yet glamorous, Sunday Bloody Sunday may depict sexual mores of a bygone era, but the situation is describes feels timeless in the hands of gifted film-makers.

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