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Women in Love (1969)

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Two sisters are courted by two very different men in the D. H. Lawrence classic Women In Love. Gudren (Glenda Jackson) is pursued by Gerald (Oliver Reed) a tough coal miner, while sister Ursula (Jenny Linden) is wooed by the school inspector Rupert (Alan Bates). One couple enters into the union with timidity but their love endures with time. The other couple engages in a frenzied, lustful flesh feast eventually ending in tragedy. Both couples honeymoon together as love takes it's often rocky course. Hints of homosexuality arise when Gerald and Rupert have a wrestling match in their underwear. The act is implied rather than graphic There are the obligatory nude scenes that many films from this year seem compelled to present. Ken Russell won an Oscar for Best Director while Glenda Jackson won the Best Actress Award for her sublimely subdued performance.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex)
Genre:
Art House & International , Classics , Drama , Romance
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United Artists

Cast

Glenda Jackson
as Gudrun Brangwen
Alan Bates
as Rupert Birkin
Oliver Reed
as Gerald Crich
Jennie Linden
as Ursula Brangwen
Eleanor Bron
as Hermione Roddice
Alan Webb
as Thomas Crich
Catherine Willmer
as Mrs. Crich
Sarah Nicholls
as Winifred Crich
Sharon Gurney
as Laura Crich
Christopher Gable
as Tibby Lupton
Michael Gough
as Tom Brangwen
Norma Shebbeare
as Anna Brangwen
Nike Arrighi
as Contessa
James Laurenson
as Minister
Richard Heffer
as Leitner
Christopher Ferguson
as Basis Crich
Phoebe Nicholls
as Winifred Crich (as Sarah Nicholls)
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Critic Reviews for Women in Love

All Critics (11)

It's Russell as restrained as he can be, who has fun delving into the sexual explorations of the author.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Controversial for its time Ken Russell classic.

June 11, 2005
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Though deviating from D.H. Lawrence's novel considerably, this is Ken Russell's most fully realized narrative film, lavishly mounted and well acted, especially by Glenda Jackson in an Oscar-winning performance.

Full Review… | December 18, 2004
EmanuelLevy.Com

Crass, funny, literate -- and essential for anyone who wants to seee D.H. Lawrence "faithfully" adapted. Remember the time before Ken Russell took his gonzo Viagra pill.

November 23, 2003
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Brilliant film adaptation of the Lawrence novel.

May 12, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Women in Love

A gathering of couples turns sour when one couple drowns. If I ever come up with a philosophical manifesto or some revolutionary paradigm, then I hope that I can find someone like D.H. Lawrence to dramatize my philosophical precepts with the degree of felicity and verve that Lawrence treats Freud. The "death drive," the relationship between sexuality and violence, repressed emotions, latent homosexuality, and projection of childhood trauma all receive due attention. It's impossible to understand anything going on in this film without a working understanding of Freudian philosophy and psychology, and therein lies the film's primary strength and weakness. On the one hand, it's great to see a smart film for smart people, but on the other hand, it shouldn't be necessary that one study Freud in order to "get it." What is more, to paraphrase Hamlet there is more in heaven and earth, Mr. Freud, than is dreamt of in your philosophy. The actors all commit to their roles, often with full nudity, which was controversial for the film's time, and it must be difficult to convey a character based more on a psychological profile than on human actions. Overall, Women in Love is a strong film, but it's not for everyone.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

½

Russel had me right up until he had Alan Bates and Oliver Reed engage in naked wrestling. A wonderful film in spite of its homoerotic lapses.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

½

An all around good film. Cast - Story - Cinematography.

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

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