Women in Love

Women in Love

DVD - 2018
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Set in an English mining community on the crest of modernity, this traces the shifting currents of desire that link the emancipated Brangwen sisters to a freethinking dreamer and a hard willed industrialist, as well as the men's own erotically charged friendship.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2018]
Edition: Special edition
ISBN: 9781681434193
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE WOMEN
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (131 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1969
Special features: audio commentaries; 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; interviews; Second best, a 1972 short film based on a D.H. Lawrence story, produced by and starring Bates; trailer; essay by scholar Linda Ruth Williams


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Jun 15, 2019

Every bit as good as I remember it. Bates and Reed are ideal in the roles of Birkin and Crich, Glenda Jackson's performance as Gudrun is, of course, legendary (it won her an Oscar) and Jennie Linden's Ursula is exactly right. Lawrence adapts well to the screen and there have been many suberb realizations of his short stories and novels, although the TV miniseries of Women in Love was an atrocity. Russell's version is far closer to the author's intentions and captures the essence of his writing. Which is too much for some people judging from some of the comments on here. You cannot approach Lawrence expecting to see a sort of Downton Abbey rehash, he demands far more from you than that. Russell captures his honesty, earthiness and spirituality. A wonderful film and beautifully reproduced in this Criterion version.

Nov 14, 2018

Beautiful shots of location, masterful photography of sexual acrobatics and violence that are set opposite long monologues.

Aug 02, 2018

Jul 26, 2018
As much a study about the 1920 elite British "men" as "women" in their quest for love. Too bad the 1969 film's nontraditional tenets of relationships between the sexes are no longer taboo or a worthy modern topic. However, spectacular scenes of the Zermatt Matterhorn on sunny days. And Loerke, the German interloper, was a laugh a minute. (The 2011 BBC miniseries with Rosamund Pike and Rachel Stirling is more relevant these days.)

Apr 05, 2018

hi!!! the first and last comments (a/o 5April18) are so symbolic of what we have come to. Simply put, and i mean SIMPLY, our Nation and Culture have taken giant retreats from common sense, intelligence, love, creativity and anything to do with the act of moving forward in any capacity!! Our "leaders" are wet cardboard on a Good day....just thinking about these humans makes me sooo sad.Since i have been alive (b.1949) our government has directly murdered our destroyed in some matter MILLIONS of our fellow humans!! For what?? Greed, selfishness and economics. We have been at War with some country or other , non-stop, for over 60 years! This first commentator suggests that there is poor moral fibre of some type....a lack of the "manly" virtues in the actions of the 2 leads in the film. I suggest that beauty is an ephemeral thing not to be treated as a commodity. Who can say what LOVE is in actuality?? I don't remember if the ideals of modern christians can stand up to any scrutiny at all. Jesus might have wrestled with men for all we know. He surely was NOT mentioned as any type of Lady's Man, if i remember correctly. "people in glass houses..." and so on. In fact most collectors and admirers of Fine Art usually have a piece by Leonardo, a book by Capote or Stern, quote Wilde pretty freely and dance to Elton John. !!! PLEASE snap out of it !!!! We, as a Culture, are circling the drain, and we are going to need every ounce of true love that we can summon from each one of us !! okay?? and i LOVE you, too.!!

Dec 11, 2017

I do not recommend this DVD for any age. It is not good for children to watch. The story was very weak. The characters in the story are shallow. There was no purpose for the movie. There was a great deal of nudity not related to an actual story. It was more like pornography. All the characters had loose morals. Sex with anyone or everyone just because you felt like it.

Oct 31, 2017

Outstanding movie. Alan Bates, and Glenda Jackson are wonderful.

Oct 31, 2017

Ken Russel caused quite a stir with the censors in 1969 when he adapted D. H. Lawrence’s novel about the power and politics of sex with most of its nudity and passions intact. Despite Russel’s signature chop-shop editing style and some wordy passages which sound as if they were read directly from the source material, this is a very watchable ensemble piece which softens its heady mix of sexual politics and social critique with some genuinely erotic passages—most notably a nude wrestling match between Bates and Reed in front of a roaring fire. Russel also throws in some clever touches, comparing the foursome’s intellectual dalliances with fornication and morality to the open carnality of the lower classes. Furthermore, a homoerotic bond between the two men suggests Rupert may need Gerald more than he is willing to admit (that “almost-kiss” is enough to take your breath away), a need highlighted by the aforementioned fireside fight complete with bear skin rug. And throughout the film images of women—in paintings, sculpture, and metaphorical fruit (I’ll never look at a fig the same way again)—appear to mock the male protagonists who unwillingly follow the women wherever they lead them. Indeed, when Jackson’s character manages to scare off a herd of bulls with a simple dance you can almost hear Lawrence laughing.

peteman125 Apr 14, 2013

The D.H. Lawrence masterpiece "Women In Love" is given a brilliant screen adaptation in this 1969 film. This is Ken Russell's best film and earned a best actress oscar for the great Glenda Jackson. Oliver Reed and Alan Bates do some of their best work as well in a film that captures the essence of the novel. There are many memorable sequences in this beautifully shot film which, like the novel, can be enjoyed again and again.

THUD55 Dec 29, 2012

a plot is a wonderful thing. this movie did not have one. I do not understand how a scene of 2 grown men wrestling naked has any relation to "women in love". I also did not understand how a couple drowning in some shallow water has any relation to the title. this movie was a mess.


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