Sunday Bloody Sunday

Sunday Bloody Sunday

DVD - 2012
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It depicts the romantic lives of two Londoners, a middle-aged doctor and a prickly thirty something divorcee who are sleeping with the same handsome young artist. A revelation in its day, this may be the 1970s? most intelligent, multitextured film about the complexities of romantic relationships; it is keenly acted and sensitively directed, from a penetrating screenplay.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Image Entertainment, 2012, c1971.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 110 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Finch, Peter 1916-1977.
Jackson, Glenda

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mswrite
Mar 23, 2016

Heartbreaking and still quite relevant in what it has to say about the accommodations we find ourselves making to hold on to love and keep loneliness at bay.
Peter Finch and Glenda Jackson give memorable performances as Dr. Daniel Hirsh and Alex Greville, respectively, the two "adult" parts of a complex love triangle. Singer Murray Head, in his first major acting role, is artist Bob Elkin, the handsome, self-absorbed youth they both adore. A nod too to the wonderful Dame Peggy Ashcroft who, as Jackson's resigned mother, reveals in a pivotal scene that she knows a great deal about loneliness and accommodation.

I see the word "dated" here and there in the posted comments about this film; I strongly disagree. "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" can be understood as dated if the only aspect of the film that registers with you is the bi- and homosexuality of two of its main characters.

In which case you've entirely missed its point. (And you are still incorrect, as any honest discussion of homosexuality must acknowledge how enormously difficult, even dangerous, living an authentic life remains for people in other parts of the world and even in some cultures and communities within the U.S.) What was revolutionary at the time of its release was the matter-of-fact way the love between Daniel and Bob was presented in a mainstream film--the close-up kiss particularly was considered very controversial (including among crew members filming it). This was director Schlesinger insisting on the reality that gay people exist and that there are and always have been different kinds of human desire and need. Indeed, John Schlesinger knew only too well how Daniel felt, having once been in a similar situation. "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" stands as his best and most deeply personal work.

rufus_red4 Mar 24, 2014

Peter Finch is wonderful, and Glenda Jackson veers towards being overly theatrical, you can see her holding back. The film is rather quaint by today's standards. What was groundbreaking in 1970 is simply dated today. I gave it 3 and a 1/2 stars just for it's historical place in cinematic history. Probably the first mainstream film that has a homosexual leading character. Unfortunately, the filmmaker John Schlesinger didn't go 100% with it. Besides one kissing scene, there's no intimacy shown between the 2 men but plenty between Glenda Jackson and Murray Head, the one in the middle of the love triangle.

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biffblack
Feb 25, 2014

This movie hasn't aged well. Not that it was ever much in the first place -- too macabre in tone for a topic that might have been better served in a more straightforward, less ostentatious presentation. The single most on-point line in the entire movie -- Peggy Ashcroft's "It's not nothing" defense of marriage -- is marred by the director's insistence on placing the camera on Glenda Jackson instead of Ashcroft. Finch's nighttime cruising scene is a real downer, and while it might be true to life, must the movie paint his existence in such bleak tones over and over again??

voisjoe1 Jan 24, 2014

After Birtish director Schlesinger helped garner 3 Oscars for his first American film, he decided to return to Great Britain to make his most personal film, “Sunday, Bloody Sunday.” Its subject matter has never before been explored in mainstream film, and possibly never again. This film, when shown in the theatre I was in, had the most audible gasp, when two of the protagonists suddenly kissed each other. Again in this film, as Schlesinger does so often, explores relationships between his characters. It is interesting in life when a relative or friend says he doesn’t understand what one lover sees in another person. Well, Schlesinger purposely chose one of the actors, where nobody, including the casting, the producer, or even the audience can see why two different people would fall in love with a person with a rather shallow commitment.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 03, 2013

English director John Schlesinger's follow up to "Midnight Cowboy" is perhaps his most personal film and one of the first to present a gay character in a low-key, realistic manner. Peter "Network" Finch, Glenda Jackson and Murray Head all give nuanced, sympathetic performances.

maddylyn Sep 02, 2013

Peter Finch is convincing as leadiing a double life and is in the closet. I liked French new wave Jules and Jim better a decade earlier .The young stud in the middle, has to be a psychotherapist to keep his lovers tethered. He treats his art career as a business. The kids are confused by Glenda's tenuous relationship. Neither lover can can let go despite knowing this artist is theirs part time but i did after 1 hour, with callous comments such as I like you because you are soft.

jmmason Dec 05, 2011

This is a classic 70's film directed by John Schlesinger, the only director to ever make an X-rated movie that won a Best Film oscar (Midnight Cowboy). What is significant in today's age of silly movies about childish interests (comic-book heroes...fart jokes...tossing your cookies) is that neither "Sunday Bloody Sunday" nor "Midnight Cowboy" would be green-lighted today by Hollywood. Too grown up. Too adult. Too human. Adam Sandler fans don't like this kind of stuff. Murray Head was the original Jesus Christ "Superstar" and was considered a real heart throb in those days. Of course, Glenda and Peter are great. The script is beyond great. Best line, from Glenda: "There are times when nothing has got to be better than anything." See this one if you are an adult who likes mature movies. See Midnight Cowboy" too, for the same reasons. They don't make 'em like this anymore.

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jean2000
Apr 10, 2011

Empty, I din't see annything interesting al all

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