Women In Love


(out of 5)

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).   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  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.

Brandywine Productions

United Kingdom, 1969

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Award
Best Actress (Glenda Jackson as “Gudrun Brangwen”)

Best Cinematography (Billy Williams)
Best Directing (Ken Russell)
Best Writing (Screenplay–based on material from another medium) (Larry Kramer)

Golden Globe Award
Best English-Language Foreign Film (United Kingdom)

Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Glenda Jackson)
Best Director (Ken Russell)


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