Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Women in Love

1969 British Feature

Cast: Alan Bates, Oliver Reed, Glenda Jackson, Jennie Linden, Eleanor Bron, Alan Webb, Vladek Sheybal, Catherine Willmer, Sarah Nicholls, Sharon Gurney, Christopher Gable, Michael Gough and Norma Shebbeare
Director: Ken Russell
Writer: Larry Kramer, based on the novel by D.H. Lawrence

Two friends fall in love with a pair of sisters in a mining town in post-World War I England. The two couples take markedly different directions exploring the nature of commitment and love.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 91% / Audience: 73%
  • OMG rating: 5/10

  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Award for Best Actress (Jackson); also nominated for Best Director, Adapted Screenplay and Cinematography.
  • BAFTA Award for Film Music; also nominated for Best Film, Actor (Bates), Actress (Jackson), Direction, Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, Sound Track and Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles (Linden).
  • Golden Globe Award for Best English-Language Foreign Film; also nominated for Best Director and Actress - Drama (Jackson).
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Actress (Jackson).
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (Jackson).
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (Jackson).

  • D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love caused controversy over its sexual subject matter when it was first published in 1920. It was a sequel to his 1915 novel The Rainbow.
  • A 2011 BBC Television mini-series combined both novels into one production.
  • Potential Directors: Peter Brook, Jack Clayton and Stanley Kubrick.
  • Casting Call: Michael Caine, Faye Dunaway, Edward Fox and Vanessa Redgrave.
  • One of the first mainstream theatrical movies to show male genitals, particularly in the infamous scene where Alan Bates and Oliver Reed wrestle in the nude in front of a roaring fireplace. Both actors were initially apprehensive about filming the scene due to insecurity over who had the largest "member". Eventually, after both actors got drunk, compared sizes and realized there was little difference between the two, filming continued with relative ease.
  • In a scene between Glenda Jackson's and Vladek Sheybal's characters, she declares herself to be Antonina Milyukova, a nymphomaniac married to Tchaikovsky; he, pretending to be the composer, replies "but I am a homosexual". The following year, Jackson would play Milyukova in the Ken Russell film The Music Lovers.
  • In 1971, United Artists successfully reissued this film in the US on a double bill with the similarly controversial Midnight Cowboy.

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  • Followed by the 1989 prequel The Rainbow, also directed by Ken Russell.

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