Women in Love

Women in Love

Director: Ken Russell Cast: Alan Bates, Oliver Reed, Glenda Jackson

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Women in Love is set in 1920s England, where free-spirited artist Gudrun (Glenda Jackson) and her schoolteacher sister Ursula (Jennie Linden) make the acquaintance of lifelong friends Gerald (Oliver Reed) and Rupert (Alan Bates). The foursome attends a picnic in honor of a pair of newlyweds, who put a damper on the proceedings (literally!) by drowning in a nearby lake. Evidently unscathed by this tragedy, Gerald and Rupert participate in a nude wrestling match later that evening (this was the sequence that got the most press, thanks to fleeting glimpses of the male stars' privates). Gerald marries Gudrun, Rupert weds Ursula, and the foursome embarks upon a Swiss honeymoon. The holiday is marred by infidelity and sudden death, leaving Rupert to wonder aloud just what it is that makes men and women "tick." An Academy Award went to Glenda Jackson, while nominations were bestowed upon screenwriter Larry Kramer and cinematographer Billy Williams (who received an uncredited assist from director Ken Russell).

Product Details

Release Date: 03/27/2018
UPC: 0715515212816
Original Release: 1969
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:11:00
Sales rank: 15,194

Special Features

New, restored 4k digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Two 2003 Commentaries featuring Director Ken Russell and Screenwriter Producer Larry Kramer; Segments from a 2007 Interview with Russell for the BAFTA Los Angeles Heritage Archive; A British Picture: Portrait of an Enfant Terrible, Russell's 1989 biopic on his own life and career; Interview from 1976 with actor Glenda Jackson; Interviews with Kramer and Actors Alan Bates and Jennie Linden from the set; New interviews with Cinematographer Billy Williams and Editor Michael Bradsell; Second Best, a 1972 short film based onn a D.H. Lawrence story, Produced by and starring Bates; Trailer; Plus: An essay by scholar Linda Ruth Williams

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Bates Rupert Birkin
Oliver Reed Gerald Crich
Glenda Jackson Gudrun,Brangwen
Jennie Linden Ursula Brangwen
Eleanor Bron Hermione Roddice
Alan Webb Mr. Thomas Crich
Vladek Sheybal Loerke
Catherine Willmer Mrs. Crich
Sarah Nicholls Winifred Crich
Sharon Gurney Laura Crich
Christopher Gable Tibby Lupton
Nike Arrighi Contessa
Michael Graham Cox Palmer
Michael Garratt Maestro
Michael Gough Tom Brangwen
Richard Heffer Loerke's Friend
James Laurenson Minister
Norma Shebbeare Anna Brangwen

Technical Credits
Ken Russell Director
Luciana Arrighi Set Decoration/Design
Roy Baird Producer
Jonathan Benson Asst. Director
Michael Bradsell Editor
Georges Delerue Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Terry Gilbert Choreography
David Harcourt Camera Operator
Kenneth V. Jones Art Director
Ken Jones Art Director
Larry Kramer Producer,Screenwriter
Frank Kramer Screenwriter
Charles Parker Makeup
Terry Rawlings Choreography
Martin Rosen Co-producer,Producer
Shirley Russell Costumes/Costume Designer
Billy Williams Cinematographer
D.H. Lawrence Source Author

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Women in Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perhaps Ken Russell's best all-around film, containing flawless performances by Alan Bates, Oliver Reed, Jennie Linden and Glenda Jackson (Best Actress Oscar) as well as some of the most resourceful use of lighting and color in Seventies cinema. Released in the U.S. in 1970, the film was Russell's first major success, and most critics were quick to point out how closely it followed D.H. Lawrence's novel. In bringing Lawrence's complex study of human love and passion to the screen, Russell made a film of both emotional impact and visual power. The way he handles the intimate encounters of the four principles is especially good, and the lovemaking in the film has all the grace and beauty of ballet, the characters caressing and embracing in fluid slow motion. "Women in Love" is an immensely complex but perfectly controlled film which displays Russell's talent for matching landscape with the emotional affinities of the people in it and infusing both with Lawrence's argument for love in the widest, freest sense. Russell's instinct for the look and feel of a film have never been so admirably in touch with the inspiration of a great artist as they were in "Women in Love". His talent to appall and abuse is what ultimately remains. In a film created with keen intelligence, integrity, and meticulous period flavor, D.H. Lawrence's ideas about life and love retain remarkable potency. [filmfactsman]
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