Cinema: Difficult but Triumphant

Sunday Bloody Sunday is an anomaly. Its text is sexual, but its theme is nothing less than the nature of affection. This is the province of the novel, not the cinema, and even so mature a film falters before its destination. But never has an English-language film glistened with so many social nuances. In part, the credit is due to Director John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy); he has also contributed a cluster of stylistic debits. The essential triumph of Sunday Bloody Sunday belongs to Scenarist Penelope Gilliatt, whose plot alone challenges the customary moral...

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