Women in Love1969
Women in Love (1969)
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as Gudrun Brangwen
as Rupert Birkin
as Gerald Crich
as Ursula Brangwen
as Hermione Roddice
as Thomas Crich
as Mrs. Crich
as Winifred Crich
as Laura Crich
as Tibby Lupton
as Tom Brangwen
as Anna Brangwen
as Basis Crich
as Winifred Crich (as Sarah Nicholls)
Critic Reviews for Women in Love
Bates and Reed's homoerotic sparring would be sexy and shocking in any context. But Women in Love's talkier scenes are more exciting than any screen nudity could be.
Yet it is to the film's great credit that, in depicting that "puritanical insistence," heterosexuality is revealed to be the most unnatural form of coupling.
If you find your interest waning as the film moves on, it is likely due to exhaustion of trying to generate empathy with characters who constantly evade such connection. So much of the film feels written and performed, but rarely lived.
The story occasionally grows choppy and diffuse, yet the visual splendors never fail to take command.
Unable or perhaps unwilling to rein in the source material's sentiment, [director Ken] Russell created a work defined by its earnestness-something that remains potent nearly 50 years later.
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.
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.
An all around good film. Cast - Story - Cinematography.
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