A Jewish doctor, Daniel Hirsh, and a middle-aged woman, Alex Greville, are both having affairs with the same male artist, Bob Elkin. Not only are Hirsh and Greville aware that Elkin is seeing the other, but they actually know each other as well. Despite this, they are willing to put up with the situation through fear of losing Elkin who switches freely between them. Schlesinger’s film highlights some worrying facts about how much people’s attitudes to relationships and each other have changed over just two generations. —IMDb
Schlesinger was born in London into a middle class Jewish family, the son of Winifred Henrietta (née Regensburg) and Bernard Edward Schlesinger, a physician. After Uppingham School and graduating from Balliol College, Oxford, he worked as an actor.
One of his earliest films, the British Transport Films’ documentary Terminus (1960), gained a Venice Film Festival Gold Lion and a British Academy Award. His first two fiction movies, A Kind of Loving (1962) and Billy Liar (1963) were set in the North of England. A Kind of Loving won the Golden Bear award at the 12th Berlin International Film Festival in 1962.
His third Darling (1965) described tartly the modern urban way of life in London and was one of the first films about ‘swinging London’. Schlesinger’s next movie was Far From the Madding Crowd (1967), an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s popular novel. Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy (1969) was internationally acclaimed… read more
Four and a half. A bit slowing moving at first but once you dive into the relationships and characters more deeply the movie picks up tremendously. Top notch acting throughout and just a compelling piece of drama about a taboo subject that's handled beautifully. Nothing camp or overtly political about this film but that in and of itself makes the film an even more powerful social-political-relevant statement.
Made in 1971,surely this thought provoking drama was ahead of its time?An unusual love triangle without stereotypes and judgement.Excellent acting all around,especially a brave turn from Peter Finch.
Perhaps the most interesting look at swinging London in the early 1970s I can recall. For younger audiences, it may not be believable that a woman would have no problem with her lover having an affair with a male doctor. This is swinging London during a sexually liberated period after all.
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