Reviewed byJan Lisa HuttnerVote: 9/10/10
This faithful adaptation by Ken Russell of one of D.H. Lawrence's bestworksis just as powerful & just as profound now, over 30 years after itsinitialrelease. The story is set in England a few years after World War I, at atime when many women of marriageable age were forced to examine theirassumptions about relationships. When the Brangwen sisters complain aboutthe lack of men, it's true. Many of the men who should have beenavailableto them were lost in the war.
The film was made @ the dawn of the women's movement, once again a timewhenmany women of a certain age were driven to examine their own assumptionsabout relationships, and looked to Lawrence (& then to Russell) foranswersto questions beyond words.
This is not to deny the importance of the men in this story. Both Rupert&Gerald are drawn to the kind of women who ask these questions. Both ofthemhave a myriad of other choices, but they're not satified byless.
So Russell finds a visual way to tell this story, & much of it would seemtobe "over the top" were it not so obviously sincere & courageous.Glenda Jackson, a relative unknown at the time, won her first Oscar. Weagree. She gives an extraordinary performance in a most difficult role:Gudrun is not likeable, but she IS honest.
Reviewed byPamela-5Vote: 9/10/10
One of the other commenters stated that this film was based on a ThomasHardy novel. Hardly! This is novelist D.H. Lawrence (and, incidentally,director Ken Russell) at his best. The cinematography, lighting, setdesign, and composition are stupefyingly gorgeous. And the film delvesdeep, deep into the hearts and minds of intelligent people and romanticrelationships (heterosexual and homosexual). Glenda Jackson is (to use theadjective in current favor) awesome. Anyone truly interested in film has tosee this one for all its many wonderfulnesses.
Reviewed bybethlambert117Vote: 10/10/10
Can you imagine the effect this movie had in 1969? I is still ahead ofthe times. Merit, in great part, of Larry Kramer who adapted DHLawrence's work in a way nobody else could have. Scrumptious,subversive, extraordinary. Director Ken Russell with some startlingtitles to his name - his BBC production of Isadora Duncan with asublime Vivien Pickles in the title role, for instance - reaches heresome kind of mountain top. Glenda Jackson became a household name, AlanBates confirmed what we all knew, that he was one of the greatestactors that ever lived. I devoured the film with utter pleasure 48years after its first released. Literature and cinema in an insanelybeautiful alliance.
The battle of the sexes and relationships among the elite of Britain's industrial Midlands in the 1920s. Gerald Crich and Rupert Berkin are best friends who fall in love with a pair of sisters Gudrun, a sculptress and Ursula Brangwen, a schoolteacher. Rupert marries Ursula, Gerald begins a love affair with Gudrun, and the foursome embarks upon a Swiss honeymoon. But the relationships take markedly different directions, as Russell explores the nature of commitment and love. Rupert and Ursula learn to give themselves to each other; the more withdrawn Gerald cannot, finally, connect with the demanding and challenging Gudrun.