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Saturday, July 16, 2011

STEVE HAYES: Tired Old Queen at the Movies - #79

An unconventional three-way love affair is the basis of John Schelsinger's landmark film SUNDAY, BLOODY SUNDAY. Taken from an original script by Penelope Gilliatt, it deals with a young bi-sexual artist (MURRAY HEAD) who is having simultaneous affairs with a middle-aged doctor (PETER FINCH) and a thirtyish career woman (GLENDA JACKSON). Both love the artist, both want him exclusively, both want him to settle down, and both are unhappy at having to settle for what he can give them. All three are decent people in need of love, passion and understanding. All three are unable to satisfy the people that love them, let alone themselves. Nominated for 4 Oscars including Finch, Jackson, Gilliatt and Schesinger as Best Director, it's all about love in all its madness and messiness and one of the most intelligent films on the subject ever made.

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