A highly sophisticated look at sex, relationships, and loneliness, John Schlesinger’s Sunday Bloody Sunday was controversial when it was released in 1971, mainly as a result of the casualness with which it depicts intimacy between two members of the same gender. One side of the London-set film’s love triangle comprises a middle-aged male doctor (Peter Finch) and a young bisexual artist (Murray Head), who also happens to be carrying on an affair with a thirtysomething divorced woman (Glenda Jackson). At one point, the two men exchange an amorous kiss; by today’s standards, it is innocuous, but at the time, it caused quite a bit of discussion. In this clip from a new interview, Head (whose career has mainly been as a recording artist) charmingly recounts this tempest in a teapot.
Now take a look at the tender scene in question. It’s both a reminder of how far we’ve come and a lovely little captured moment between two people that typifies the generosity and warmheartedness of the entire film.