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Women in Love (Sep-1969)

Director: Ken Russell

Writer: Larry Kramer

From novel: Women in LoveD. H. Lawrence

Keywords: Romantic Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Alan Bates
17-Feb-1934 27-Dec-2003 Basil in Zorba the Greek
Eleanor Bron
14-Mar-1934   A Touch of Love
Michael Gough
23-Nov-1917 17-Mar-2011 Alfred in Batman films
Glenda Jackson
9-May-1936   British MP, won Oscar for A Touch of Class
Oliver Reed
13-Feb-1938 2-May-1999 Lion of the Desert
Alan Webb
2-Jul-1906 22-Jun-1982 English character actor


Review by BCMetcalf (posted on 8-Jun-2007)

Novel by D. H. Lawrence, Screenplay by Larry Kramer, Directed by Ken Russell. The above pedigree for "Women in Love" resulted in this film's being one of the most engaging cinematic dramas of all time. D. H. Lawrence's "Women in Love" chronicles the romances of two sisters, Gudrun and Ursula Brangwen, and their selected beaus, circa 1915, in midland England. The novel follows their very disparate experiences, and also provides a view into the changes taking place in British society of the time, specifically the breaking down of social-class barriers and the continuing rise of mega-industrialism. Lawrence's characters examine their lives and their views about marriage, relationships, love, sex, sexuality, and societal mores. In short, the characters try to determine how they wish to live out their lives; some move toward success, but some suffer tragedy. Larry Kramer's screenplay is admirably faithful to the novel, both in action and dialog. The scenes that Kramer chose to include, and those he chose to modify/combine for dramatic coherence, all demonstrate his profound understanding of and respect for the novel and its author's intent. Director Ken Russell has often been criticized for presenting his cinematic ideas in an "excessive" manner, a charge brought on perhaps by such films as his "The Devils", "Tommy", "The Music Lovers". This writer, for one, finds Russell to be a true and original cinematic artist, and that all of his films approach greatness. Even the calm biography "Bax" (composer Sir Arnold Bax), and Russell's own filmed autobiography, which he wrote and directed, reflect a creativity that far exceeds that of most film directors. Russell's "Nessun Dorma" segment from the film "Aria" so far outclassed the segments of the other directors, that his is really the only segment worth watching. In his direction of "Women in Love", Ken Russell demonstrates that he can conjure up the most effective images in the service of his dramatic material. "Women in Love" is not for everyone; I fear that many moviegoers will find it pointless and slow. Those who know D. H. Lawrence, know the novel, who know Larry Kramer's novels, and know Ken Russell's creativity, will be richly rewarded indeed. -bcm

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