Leading article: Brief encounters
Thursday 23 September 1999
Should we conclude that the country is hopelessly nostalgic? That it is still obsessed with the last war? Or that the voters are probably right: the golden age of British film was the Forties. Trainspotting and the gritty world of modern film only edges its way in at number 10. Still, although it and Get Carter and The Crying Game may not be easy viewing, they are in the top 30.
The one ingredient lacking in the list is sexual violence. Eroticism is there all right (consider Madeleine Carroll taking off her wet stocking with Robert Donat handcuffed to her); the repressed sexual longing in Brief Encounter still gives cold railway stations a hint of romance. And Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland in Don't Look Now didn't leave much to the imagination. But they were married, and loving. Maybe things aren't so bad after all.
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