Thursday, September 4, 2008

Women in Love

Dir: Ken Russell, 1970 (8.9*)
The best D.H. Lawrence novel on film, the best Ken Russell (Tommy, The Music Lovers, Savage Messiah) film, faithful to the novel. The story follows two sisters, Glenda Jackson in one of her two Best Actress Oscars, and Jennie Linden and their loves, friends Oliver Reed and Alan Bates, who becomes "the author’s spokesman", especially when talking of love and romance. The nude-wrestling scene with the men captured a lot of attention in its time, but that detracts from a film entirely about heterosexual couples trying to find the right mate. Look for Eleanor Bron in a juicy supporting part. Beautifully filmed, especially the scenes in the Alps.


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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