Watch: Betrayal 1983 123movies, Full Movie Online – Pinter’s semi-autobiographical play examining the surprise attraction, shy first steps, gradual flowering, and treasonous deception of a woman’s extramarital affair with her husband’s best friend. The entire story is told from the husband’s point of view, with the scenes in precise reverse chronological order..
Plot: Pinter’s semi-autobiographical play examining the surprise attraction, shy first steps, gradual flowering, and treasonous deception of a woman’s extramarital affair with her husband’s best friend; the entire story is told from the husband’s point of view, with the scenes in precise reverse chronological order. Written by Dan Hartung
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One of My Very Favorites
This movie is brilliant. All the actors, especially Ben Kingsley, were superb. When Ben Kingsley is in the scene, you are riveted to his every expression. Especially when you watch it for the 2nd time, and know what they know at every given point. Also, thinking about the actual betrayals. I loved the dialogue, references from scene to scene, relationships between the characters, and the backward progress of it all. Pinter’s work is incredible. Because of what you know at various points in the plot, you can see what’s going on inside the characters. Patricia Hodge and Jeremy Irons give truly amazing performances – and Mr. Kingsley is just mind-blowing.
I sure hope it comes out on DVD one day – my VHS copy is running down.
An underwhelming experience
In ‘Betrayal’ the narrative is presented backwards, a gimmick employed later by Christopher Nolan in his breakthrough film Memento (2001). Here, we have the breakup of a relationship presented at the beginning and we come to learn later (unfortunately much later) what it was that got the couple together in the first place. (Please don’t ask me what that was, because I’ve already forgotten.) To me, this bizarre form of narration is as pointless as it is exasperating. As ‘Betrayal’ unfolded, I felt bereft of any kind of causational narrative to cling to. The question being: why should the audience be making notes when it’s only a movie and not a university lecture in semantics. The plot becomes so incomprehensible, that the point of the film is totally lost and the entire exercise becomes a pointless waste of time. I sit there in my living room and wonder: will an Edward Van Sloan character stroll on-stage as the proscenium arch is revealed and ask me questions about what I’ve just seen? And, worse still, expect me to have the answers? I think this is a relevant objection on behalf of the audience who are within their rights to question the methodology which ‘Betrayal’ employs to tell its so-called ‘story’: to me there is no story. Instead the film is a collection of fragments cobbled together. It just pretends to be a story, and this does not bode well as the correct method on which to present an entire movie.
Written by Harold Pinter, ‘Betrayal’ stars Patricia Hodges as the woman whom Jeremy Irons is having a secret affair with over a number of years. Naturally they are best friends with the spouse of the other, both who seem to be (at least initially), blissfully unaware of the situation. Hodges and Irons continue their affair secretly in a very sad and dingy-looking apartment. The conversation between them is terribly tedious as we get to hear about the children and the jobs and the cloth-eared spouses who are foolish enough to keep on living with this pair’s adulterous behaviour instead of throwing them both out on the street where they belong. Both Hodges and Irons come across as too grasping and selfish for the audience to have any connection with and the entire enterprise has at its core a very dead heart. The only thing in this film that makes any sense is that over a period of time their relationship is finally, if not found out, then at least suspected. I disliked the pair of them so much, I was almost glad. Ben Kingsley has a featured role as Hodge’s creepy husband who correctly suspects the worst about what is going on, but it is left to the audience’s imagination as to what he is may, or may not, do about it.
Personally I sat there in my living room, wondering why ‘Betrayal’ got made in the first place as it is scarcely entertaining and not nearly as deep as it would like us to think it is. Instead it’s nasty, incoherent and an extreme example of movie making at its worst. When a group of ambitious artistes like David Jones and Harold Pinter attempt to make false claims about the medium being a form of high art and attempting to hijack it from the mass audience, this to me is a warning sign of redundant intentions and questionable outcomes. As you may be aware by this review, I was extremely disappointed by ‘Betrayal’ and the effort fell on deaf ears since I was disengaged, disturbed by its portrayal of men as hypocritical misogynists, (which they probably are, but I don’t want to watch it) and turned off by its loopy narrative that honestly, drove me completely up the wall. Not recommended.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 35 min (95 min)
Genre Drama, Thriller
Director David Hugh Jones
Writer Harold Pinter
Actors Jeremy Irons, Ben Kingsley, Patricia Hodge
Country United Kingdom
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 3 wins & 2 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Stereo
Aspect Ratio N/A
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm