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Women In Love

3

DH Lawrence's novels stubbornly resist filming, but with Women In Love, Ken Russell made the best stab at one of 'em so far. Sticking closely to Lawrence's story and using much of his dialogue, the film finds the director's eye for landscape and setting at its most acute. He gets the novel's sexual politics right, too, thanks in part to some spot-on casting. Oliver Reed gives a career-best performance as the young mineowner; Glenda Jackson shines as the independent woman he fatally falls for; and Alan Bates matches both as the bearded Lawrence surrogate. (Bates' discourse at a posh lunch table on the parallels between a fig and the more intimate areas of the female anatomy is a lasting joy.) Sad to reflect how Russell's career from this film on has been a steady downhill slide.

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: September 1st 2004

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