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Betrayal 1983 ***

 

Recently on Broadway with Daniel Craig and Rachel Wiesz, Harold Pinter’s brilliant play Betrayal is essentially a theatrical conceit, but translates well enough to the screen in his own screenplay, directed by David Hugh Jones. The story of a love triangle, Betrayal unfolds itself backwards, staring at the relationships end and working backwards to the first meeting between Jerry (Jeremy Irons) and Emma (Patricia Hodge). The third corner is Robert (Ben Kingsley), who reacts angrily to being caught in the crossfire. Pinter’s dialogue is direct and keeps the complex structure on point, allowing full reign of a distinguished cast. Betrayal is a blurred snapshot of internecine relationships, and an powerful document of one of Pinter’s best plays.

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