Sunday Bloody Sunday

Sunday Bloody Sunday

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Director: John Schlesinger

Cast: Glenda Jackson, Peter Finch, Murray Head

     
 

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This British film examines the choices individuals must make when confronted with a romantic relationship which is rewarding but does not offer them everything they want. In this sympathetic and psychologically precise drama, Alexandra Greville (Glenda Jackson), "Alex" to her friends, has a younger man as her sometime lover, the young sculptor Bob Elkin (Murray Head).… See more details below

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This British film examines the choices individuals must make when confronted with a romantic relationship which is rewarding but does not offer them everything they want. In this sympathetic and psychologically precise drama, Alexandra Greville (Glenda Jackson), "Alex" to her friends, has a younger man as her sometime lover, the young sculptor Bob Elkin (Murray Head). Elkin is completely open about the fact that he is also the lover of her acquaintance, Dr. Daniel Hirsch (Peter Finch). These relationships continue in some kind of equilibrium until Alex and Bob agree to house-sit the children of a couple known to the three of them. In their roles, neither Head nor Finch "swished," or otherwise catered to homosexual stereotypes, and theirs was considered to be a groundbreaking, sympathetic portrayal of this kind of relationship, not condescending in any way. One highlight of the film is a scene in which Dr. Hirsch attends the Bar Mitzvah of his nephew. This critically well-received movie was unexpectedly successful at the box office. The film's director and screenwriter, as well as Jackson and Finch, were nominated for Academy Awards.

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An honest look at the changing attitudes toward sexual identity in the early 1970s, Sunday Bloody Sunday rises above the standard hot-button topical melodrama, thanks to some sensitive performances from its leads. Glenda Jackson and Peter Finch are both outstanding as the two lovers of the same man; Finch in particular imbues his character with a quiet dignity. Though somewhat less skilled, Murray Head is still surprisingly effective as the center of the romantic triangle. Director John Schlesinger made his name with 1969's Midnight Cowboy, another film which dealt with controversial homosexual issues; Sunday is less urgent than Cowboy, but no less perceptive. Both Jackson and Finch garnered Academy Award nominations, as did Schlesinger and New Yorker film reviewer Penelope Gilliatt.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2012
UPC:
0715515099516
Original Release:
1971
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
8,093

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Glenda Jackson Alex Greville
Peter Finch Dr. Daniel Hirsh
Murray Head Bob Elkin
Peggy Ashcroft Mrs. Greville
Maurice Denham Mr. Greville
Cindy Burrows Alex as a Child
Emma Schlesinger Tess Hodson
Kimi Tallmadge Lucy Hodson
Patrick Thornberry Baby John Stuart Hodson
Vivian Pickles Alva Hodson
George Belbin Actor
Tony Britton George Harding
Ellis Dale Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis [uncredited]
Gabrielle Daye Actor
Edward Evans Actor
Ann Firbank Party Guest
Richard Loncraine Tony, Bob's Partner
Bessie Love Answering Service Lady
John Rae Actor
Robert Rietty Daniel's Brother
Royce Mills Actor
Joe Wadham Actor
Thomas Baptiste Prof. Johns
Harold Goldblatt Daniel's Father
Hannah Norbert Daniel's Mother
Richard Pearson Middle-Age Patient
Caroline Blakiston Rowing Woman
June Brown Woman Patient
Marie Burke Aunt Astrid
Jon Finch Scotsman
Peter Halliday Her Husband
Douglas Lambert Man At Party
Russell Lewis Timothy Hodson
Frank Windsor Bill Hodson

Technical Credits
John Schlesinger Director
Luciana Arrighi Production Designer
Norman Dorme Art Director
Douglas Gamley Musical Direction/Supervision
Ron Geesin Score Composer
Penelope Gilliatt Screenwriter
Joseph Janni Producer
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Marden Editor
Simon Relph Asst. Director
Jocelyn Rickards Costumes/Costume Designer
Billy Williams Cinematographer
Freddie Williamson Makeup

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New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Billy Williams, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; New interviews with Williams, actor Murray Head, production designer Luciana Arrighi, John Schlesinger biographer William J. Mann, and Schlesinger's longtme partner, photographer Michael Childers; Illustrated 1975 audio interview with Schlesinger; Plus - a booklet featuring an essay by cultural historian Ian Buruma and Penelope Gilliatt's 1971 introduction to her published screenplay

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