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The Romantic Englishwoman,(Une anglaise romantique) (1975)

The Romantic Englishwoman,(Une anglaise romantique)





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What is real and what is fiction? Faced with writer's block with his novel, Lewis Fielding turns to a film script about a woman finding herself after his wife Elizabeth returns from Baden Baden. She didn't quite find herself there but had a brief encounter in a lift with a German who says he is a poet. Now the German is in England, gets himself invited to tea where he claims he admires Fielding's books. Which one does he like the best? "Tom Jones." Amused at being confused with the other Fielding, the novelist works the German into the plot.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 21, 2011


Glenda Jackson
as Elizabeth Fielding
Julie Peasgood
as New Nanny
Tom Chatto
as Neighbor
Frances Tomelty
as Airport Shop Assista...
Lillias Walker
as 1st Meal-ticket Lady
Doris Nolan
as 2nd Meal-ticket Lady
Phil Brown
as Mr. Wilson
Norman Scace
as Headwaiter
Bill Wallis
as Hendrik
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Critic Reviews for The Romantic Englishwoman,(Une anglaise romantique)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Disappointing but easy to watch sly comedy that skewers real-life love and pulp fiction romance as both products of fiction.

Full Review… | February 28, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Romantic Englishwoman,(Une anglaise romantique)

I just can't resist the creepiness of a Helmut Berger role guided by Joseph Losey to a place where fantasy and reality collide.

Stefanie C

Super Reviewer


In "The Romantic Englishwoman," Elizabeth(Glenda Jackson) is vacationing in Baden-Baden. While there, she has an innocent encounter with Thomas(Helmut Berger) who is there on business. Which her husband Lewis(Michael Caine), a novelist, imagines to be not-so-innocent, especially after she flies back against his explicit instructions. His worries are intensified when Thomas seeking a place to hide out after a business deal goes south travels to their house under cover of being a poet who is a fan of Lewis' novels.

"The Romantic Englishwoman" is a prime example of when very dull things happen to great actors. So much so, that they can do little with the material at hand. Admittedly, telling Thomas' story with as little as dialogue as possible is a neat touch.(And you have to admit it. Thomas does have style.) But even with such potential, the movie, not able to decide between romance, comedy, psychological drama, meta weirdness or thriller, just decides to sit there for long stretches. Maybe it would have helped if the story had started off with Lewis' first conversation with Herman(Rene Kolldehoff) as a way of introducing everybody. Maybe not.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


This is an odd film. Glenda Jackson is superb as one would expect. And, the camera work and set design are of note. Perhaps it is Tom Stoppard's contribution as writer that keeps Joseph Losey a bit more restrained than usual. Interestingly, it is quite clear that this film is from the mid-1970's. The story is most certainly a reflection of the sexual revolution of the era. And yet, there is a strange almost old-fashioned feeling that is given. I found nothing "romantic" about this film. The title appears to be one of sarcasm taken from a rather blunt and rude statement made by Berger's character. Though this film may not truly fit in as a cinematic classic there is most certainly a memorable play of events and work by the artists involved.

Matty Stanfield
Matty Stanfield

The Romantic Englishwoman,(Une anglaise romantique) Quotes

Thomas: The Englishwoman was the most romantic. All she wanted was everything.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Isabel: People make too much of sex. It shouldn't be anything you leave home for.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Lewis: The realm of possibility, What a terrible country. What if such and such were the case? What if the person you love is a liar?
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Lewis: It is very, very boring to seize on some commonplace idea, which no reasonable person would dispute, and then ram it down people's throats as if it were a breakthrough in the history of human thought. Furthermore, washing someone's dirty underpants is what you are best suited for.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)

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