Another Country

Another Country

DVD - 2004
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A rueful, romantic tale of the awfulness of life in an ancient English public school in the 1930's. At its center is the friendship of Guy Bennett (Rupert Everett), a dark, Byronically handsome young man, who accepts the horrors of the school system in return for its rewards, and Tommy Judd (Colin Firth), who attends the school against his will, refuses to play the gentleman's game, and is already a Marxist. Guy falls in love with a handsome fellow student named Harcourt (Cary Elwes), and the student prefects use the evidence to blackball Bennett from becoming one of the school leaders in his senior year.
Publisher: [London] : Goldcrest Films International ; Burbank, CA : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video, 2004
Edition: Twentieth anniversary special edition
ISBN: 9780790794051
0790794055
Branch Call Number: 7.914 An
Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: Not rated

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Nursebob
Nov 13, 2016

Playwright Julian Mitchell adapts his own stage production for the big screen in this hit-and-miss period drama based on the early life of infamous “Cambridge Five” spy Guy Burgess who, along with his cohorts, passed sensitive Western intel to the Soviets during the Cold War. The film excels in its impeccable evocation of a proper 1930’s English public school where the next generation of Britain’s privileged elite act out their country’s rigid class system through an equally rigid hierarchy of junior students, prefects, and handpicked seniors appropriately nicknamed the Gods. Where the film falters however is in its attempt to tie Bennet’s disillusionment with school politics (his lack of discretion costs him an invitation to join the Gods) with his decision to become a traitor to his country—a rather big leap to say the least. But the long languorous camerawork captures a certain romanticism and Everett’s conflicted character is a brilliantly detailed study of defiance and fragility, openly challenging the norms yet painfully in love with fellow classmate James Harcourt (Cary Elwes). A political metaphor perhaps (Lenin and Gay Activism!) but a tragic love story more than anything else.

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akirakato
Oct 12, 2016

This is a 1984 British historical drama Directed by Marek Kanievska, loosely based on the life of the spy and double agent Guy Burgess (Guy Bennett in the film).
Set in a 1930s Eton-esque public school, openly gay Guy Bennett and Marxist Tommy Judd are friends because they are both outsiders in their own ways.
It explores homosexuality and exposure to Marxism, while examining the hypocrisy and snobbery of the English public school system.

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Loge99
Oct 22, 2015

Slow moving...and does not show how Guy Bennett became involved being a spy. Unless one makes big assumptions: Judd was a communist, Guy became disaffected with the English school he attended, ....??? Not an interesting study.

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petehoover98118
Nov 05, 2013

Not really a gay movie as we come to expect them to be. It's explained in the commentary that the film is looking at whether the ill-treatment of upper-class British Public School gay boys is at the root of why the worst Soviet-era spy scandal in history actually happened.
Film can be pretty unpleasant. Had to read the subtitles to follow the script, but they only exist in French. Which is probably a benefit, as I doubt that the English vocabulary, rendered exactly as they deliver it, would have been understandable. Too many concepts and items we don't know anything about (like sad irons and darning eggs) because they've become obsolete now.
Watch it, but be aware that you're not going to be uplifted by this movie.

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Jul 05, 2010

A movies from a different era and not too much that relates to life as we know it today. However, it is an interesting look at Rupert Everett, Colin Firth and Cary Elwes as young men at the beginning of their careers.

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