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Another Country

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Another Country is loosely based on the life of the spy Guy Burgess, Guy Bennett in the play, and examines the effect his homosexuality and exposure to Marxism has on his life, and the hypocrisy and snobbery of the English public schools.

The setting is a 1930s Eton-esque public school, where Guy Bennett and Tommy Judd are friends because they are both outsiders in their ow
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Paperback, 104 pages
Published March 1st 1982 by Amber Lane Press
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Josephine Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Really interesting, like a glimpse into a secret world. However fact based this is, its a history that many would oppose and which is almost unimaginable outside.

I started watching the movie after I had finished the play, and was disappointed by it's description on netflix. It was described as a play about a homosexual student at a school, and that his love-interest throws him out of the running for being one of the 22, one of the special prefects of the houses of that school... The movie did ti
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Buzz H.
God, this play... The movie adaptation came out when I did--1985. I had just come out to myself while studying abroad in France, and Another Country showed up at the foreign language cinema. I cannot remember how many times I went to see it while it played there. Many, certainly.

It is set in an English public school, so very similar to the boarding school that I attended in the American South. The writing and characters are wonderful. The movie gave me such peace and healed much of my heart at a
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Linda
This play is enthralling. I've been re-reading it and listening to the radio play for months now. Premise seems simple enough. School boys. Prefects. Rules and appearances. Underneath that: power struggle, politics, Romanticism vs Communism, homosexuality, Das Kapital, suicide, the old vs the new, intuition and reason, and some very dry humor. Toss in some cricket, cucumber sandwiches, and white feathers in the war. Two friends. One is a commie. One is a homosexual. We see the beginnings of Guy ...more
James
This is a suspenseful drama about love, society, politics and the social order in an elite British boarding school. Loosely based on the lives of Guy Burgess and Donald MacLean the play depicts the interaction of Judd, a young Marxist boy, and Bennett, his gay friend. The prefects of the school do not tolerate the activities of Bennett. The milieu of the school and the tensions of politics, class, and sex make this an effective drama. It was subsequently adapted for the cinema with Julian Mitche ...more
Wwmrsweasleydo
I remember being very moved by the movie of this play when it came out. A play will always be slighter and shorter than a novel, but I did feel that there was room for more substance and variety than was shown. Nonetheless, it's really interesting to have this glimpse into a 1930s public school, into the backgrounds of the men who were running the country when I was growing up.
Katharina
i think this may work better as an actual play/movie,but i still really liked it. Tom sounds SO young,considering this is from 2008. Anyway, it's a 3.5 verging on 4. And i kinda really want to see the movie now.
Fran
Awesome play - I wrote my dissertation about it!
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