Lady Chatterley

Lady Chatterley

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Director: Pascale Ferran

Cast: Marina Hands, Jean-Louis Coulloc'h, Hippolyte Girardot

     
 

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D.H. Lawrence's once-scandalous tale of a married woman who finds herself through an affair with another man is brought to the screen in this adaptation directed by Pascale Ferran. Constance Chatterley (Marina Hands) is a lovely woman in her mid twenties who is married to Sir Clifford Chatterley (Hippolyte Girardot), a wealthy BritishSee more details below

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D.H. Lawrence's once-scandalous tale of a married woman who finds herself through an affair with another man is brought to the screen in this adaptation directed by Pascale Ferran. Constance Chatterley (Marina Hands) is a lovely woman in her mid twenties who is married to Sir Clifford Chatterley (Hippolyte Girardot), a wealthy British nobleman many years her senior who is paralyzed from the waist down due to an injury sustained during World War I. While Constance loves her husband, she has grown weary of her life as a bird in a gilded cage, as well as her husband's lack of affection. One day, Constance steps out to take a walk and pauses to tell Parkin (Jean-Louis Coulloc'h), the estate's groundskeeper, that the cook would like him to shoot a pheasant for the evening's meal. Constance discovers Parkin is only half-dressed, and the physical strength of his body makes a strong impression on her. Parkin senses Constance's attraction to him, and he's equally taken by her beauty; in time the two throw caution to the wind and give in to their mutual passion. Constance blooms through her lovemaking with Parkin, and she finds his simple, rustic individualism is more to her taste than the life her husband has given her. But as Constance embraces her love for Parkin, others become aware of their relationship. Lady Chatterley was adapted from Lady Chatterley et l'Homme des Bois, the second of three versions Lawrence would publish of his best-known novel (it was published in English as John Thomas and Lady Jane).

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
A credible adaptation of D. H. Lawrence’s groundbreaking novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover -- or in this case, his earlier draft version of the same story, titled John Thomas and Lady Jane -- is inconceivable without graphic carnality. In her 2006 rendering of the work, director Pascale Ferran certainly doesn’t shy away from the flesh and all of its hungers. Yet Ferran’s vision remains as tasteful as it is steeped in Lawrence’s cult of the natural world. The physical passion that the upper-class Lady Constance develops for the earthy gamekeeper Parkin is specifically and continually linked to the environment through evocative shots that capture the surrounding countryside and the changing seasons. Despite the beauty in constant view, this is no well-appointed indulgence in eye candy à la Merchant-Ivory: Ferran keeps the romanticism and overt drama reined in for greater effectiveness. The straightforward performances she elicits from Marina Hands and Jean-Louis Coullo'ch mirror the slowly building force of the entire film. Although set in Lawrence’s England, Lady Chatterley is in French, and it suffers not a wit from the disjunction.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/04/2007
UPC:
0738329053420
Original Release:
2006
Source:
Kino Video
Time:
2:41:00
Sales rank:
39,668

Special Features

Trailers; Photo gallery; Optional English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marina Hands Constance Chatterley
Jean-Louis Coulloc'h Parkin
Hippolyte Girardot Sir Clifford Chatterley
Helene Alexandridis Actor
Hélène Fillières Actor
Sava Lolov Actor
Jean-Baptiste Montagut Actor
Michel Vincent Actor
Christelle Hes Actor
Bernard Verley Actor
Michael Vincent Actor

Technical Credits
Pascale Ferran Director,Screenwriter
Marie-Claude Altot Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Bohbot Screenwriter
Yan Dedet Editor
Julien Hirsch Cinematographer
Françoise-Renaud Labarthe Production Designer
Jean-Pierre Laforce Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Leonis Art Director
Mathilde Muyard Editor
Gabriele Roux Asst. Director
Gilles Sandoz Producer
Beatrice Thiriet Score Composer
Pierre Trividic Screenwriter
D.H. Lawrence Source Author

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lady Chatterley
1. Opening Titles [7:01]
2. Delivering an Order [8:12]
3. Reduced Vitality [6:31]
4. Daffodils [9:35]
5. Two Weeks Later [7:27]
6. Routine Visits [4:33]
7. After Some Delay [9:28]
8. The Perfect Wine [7:59]
9. Maternal Instincts [2:22]
10. A Chance Encounter [9:29]
11. Caught in the Rain [5:11]
12. Rumors and Truth [7:22]
13. Touching One Another [5:30]
14. Visiting Town [3:33]
15. Lost Spouses [4:20]
16. New Mobility [11:26]
17. Stealing Away [4:45]
18. A View Unobstructed [8:08]
19. A Run in the Rain [4:20]
20. Broken Blossoms [7:29]
21. The Departure [4:10]
22. Family Alliance [3:46]
23. Parkin's Fate [6:06]
24. Hating Everything [12:16]

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