Lady Chatterley

Lady Chatterley

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Director: Pascale Ferran, Marina Hands, Jean-Louis Coulloc'h, Hippolyte Girardot

Cast: Pascale Ferran, 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 British

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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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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:
10/14/2008
UPC:
0738329062729
Original Release:
2006
Source:
Kino Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
3:21:00
Sales rank:
56,427

Special Features

Interviews with Pascale Ferran, Marina Hands, Jean-Louis Coulloc'h and Hippolyte Girardot; Individual scene commentary by cast & crew; Photo gallery

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lady Chatterley
1. Fair Chance [14:34]
2. Placing an Order [6:29]
3. Christmas Dinner [6:19]
4. Change of Air [5:14]
5. Daffodils [9:18]
6. Spare Key [6:51]
7. Staying Away [9:21]
8. Tender Moment [7:04]
9. Urges [7:06]
10. The Perfect Wife [10:18]
11. Chance Meeting [12:36]
12. Storm [9:14]
1. Rumors [5:16]
2. Touching [11:04]
3. In Town [5:56]
4. Photos [5:35]
5. Position [7:55]
6. The Chair [8:53]
7. Trust [9:31]
8. Conditions [7:00]
9. Last Goodbye [9:41]
10. Flying Away [8:05]
11. Return to Wragby [7:10]
12. Promises [11:14]
Disc #2 -- Lady Chatterley
1. Opening [1:57]
2. Casting [8:09]
3. The Roles [2:51]
4. Preparation [2:33]
5. The Shoot [2:31]
6. Working With Pascale Ferran [2:23]
7. The Love Scenes [6:06]
8. The Film Crew [3:35]
9. In Conclusion [1:25]

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Lady Chatterley 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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DH Lawrence's novels may be tough to translate to the screen, so much of his writing is dependent on the words on the page as they form images of extraordinary beauty and sensuality. His novels are quintessentially British and reflect on the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization, confronting issues relating to emotional health and vitality, spontaneity, sexuality, and human instinct. During his lifetime he was even labeled a pornographer, but that was then and now is now, and under the gifted guidance of director/writer (with Roger Bohbot and Pierre Trividic) Pascale Ferran, Lawrence's exquisite tale of sexual awakening has found what for this viewer is the finest transition of the novel to the screen. The place is England after WW I and Sir Clifford Chatterley (Hippolyte Girardot) is the paraplegic wealthy husband of Constance/Lady Chatterley (a radiant Marina Hands). Quite apropos for the era, Constance tends to her impotent husband, does needlepoint, and takes walks to while away her boredom. On one of her walks she encounters the gamekeeper Parkin (Jean-Louis Coullo'ch), seeing a partially nude man for the first time in her life. The impact awakens her somnolent sexuality and she manages to visit Parkin daily, gradually allowing her lust to unfold. Parkin is 'below her class' but is a masculine, sensuous embodiment of everything Constance has never experienced. They slowly bond and both of them become passionately in love, finding lovemaking in Parkin's hut, in the woods, in the rain - wherever they encounter. Constance wants to have a baby and convinces Clifford that she can become impregnated and the resulting child would be 'Clifford's' by pact. Constance travels to London, the Riviera, and other ports, only to return home believing that Parkin has reclaimed his ex-wife. But there are many surprises that greet her and the manner in which the story resolves (in Ferran's hands) leaves us unsure of the future. The film is captured amidst the beauties of the natural world - flowers, trees, springs, brooks - and these aspects of the natural world are an influential part of Constance's sexual awakening. Yes, there are scenes of complete nudity and love making but they are photographed so well by Julian Hirsch that they become an integral part of the story. The musical score by Béatrice Thiriet finds the right quality of elegance and sensuality. If there is a problem with this nearly three-hour film it is in the editing by Yann Dedet and Mathilde Muyard that takes liberties with scene transitions that prove disruptive. But it would be hard to imagine two actors who could match the subtlety and sexual tension that Marina Hands and Jean-Louis Coullo'ch to this film. It is breathtakingly beautiful to experience DH Lawrence's story in the hands of the French crew and cast. Grady Harp