The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
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John Fowles' original novel The French Lieutenant's Woman was distinguished by a literary technique that involved telling a story of Victorian sexual and social oppression within the bounds of a 1970s viewpoint. How does one convey this time-frame dichotomy on film? The decision made by director Karel Reisz and Harold Pinter was to frame Fowles' basic plot within a "modern" context of their own making. While we watch as Sarah (Meryl Streep), a 19th-century Englishwoman ruined by an affair with a
Aug 1, 1981 Wide
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Playing a dual (Oscar-nominated) role, Meryl Streep is much more convincing in the contemporay tale.
A gripping psychological study of the war between the sexes that asks the question: Are we happier, wiser, more liberated, than the Victorian characters in the story?
the film comes off as an academic exercise instead of a living, breathing testament to the ideas it presents.
It may be a true "chick flick," but as far as those movies go, you could do a hell of a lot worse.
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