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.
Donald Richie Uncovers the Traces of a Lost Japan
In collaboration with director Lucille Carra, the renowned writer brought his impressionistic travelogue The Inland Sea—an unusual choice for a film adaptation—to the big screen.
A Palette That Sizzles On-Screen
Filmmaker Darnell Martin and writer Nelson George discuss how vividly Do the Right Thing captures the heat of a Brooklyn summer and the diverse skin tones of its cast of color.
A Genius of French Cinema Delivers a Career-Defining Performance
Raimu is at his subtle best in one of the most moving scenes in The Baker’s Wife, a moment in which the actor channels the collective despair of France’s working class.