Women In Love (1969)

KEN RUSSELL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

United Kingdom, 1969.  Brandywine Productions. Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1969.  Golden Globe Awards 1969.  

Ken Russell’s best film ever is still this excellent adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s racy novel, about two sisters who search for true love and think they’ve found it in two very troubled men. Screenwriter Larry Kramer adapts the story to be just as provocative as the novel was upon its first release (Lawrence’s explicitly sexual writing eventually got him booted out of England).  Glenda Jackson is terrific as Ursula, the older and more subdued sister who just can’t figure her lover out, as is  as Gudrun, the artistic sister who has a tragic affair with the local colliery owner.   and Alan Bates play the two suitors who at one point indulge in a wonderfully homoerotic nude wrestling scene, while Russell’s direction is first-rate, the production values still gorgeous to look at thirty years after the film was made. A must for literary fans.

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