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Lady Chatterley's Lover
     

Lady Chatterley's Lover

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Director: Just Jaeckin, Sylvia Kristel, Shane Briant, Nicholas Clay

Cast: Just Jaeckin, Sylvia Kristel, Shane Briant, Nicholas Clay

 

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This adaptation of D. H. Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterly's Lover stars Sylvia Kristel as Constance Chatterly, the young wife of an emotionally distant aristocrat in 1910's England, who becomes only less accessible to his spouse when he loses the use of his legs in World War I. He gives her leave to take up a lover, but when Constance turns to the bed of the low

Overview

This adaptation of D. H. Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterly's Lover stars Sylvia Kristel as Constance Chatterly, the young wife of an emotionally distant aristocrat in 1910's England, who becomes only less accessible to his spouse when he loses the use of his legs in World War I. He gives her leave to take up a lover, but when Constance turns to the bed of the low-born groundskeeper, Mellors (Nicholas Clay), she not only discovers what passionate lovemaking is really like, but also experiences actual intimacy and love for the first time, leading to a dramatic love triangle, and a bevy of subtext about classism and emotional freedome.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Matthew Tobey
Lady Chatterly's Lover, D. H. Lawrence's classic novel about liberation -- both sexual and social -- might have seemed tame by the post-Studio 54 era of 1981, but director Just Jaeckin adapts the tale wonderfully. The simple story of Constance Chatterly, an aristocratic wife, whose paraplegic husband gives her leave to take a lover, then balks when she falls legitimately in love with the estate's groundskeeper is told through the gauzy sheen of Constance's journey toward self actualization, as she slowly but surely shakes off the strictures of class and emotional inhibition. No stranger to the erotic and no scaredy-cat when it comes to depicting sex on screen, Jaeckin conjures on film the perfect combination of pensive, 70's storytelling, Merchant-Ivory melodrama, and Emmanuelle-style softcore sex. The result is equal parts emotional and sensual, titillating and thought provoking.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2005
UPC:
0027616925749
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:44:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvia Kristel Constance Chatterley
Shane Briant Clifford Chatterley
Nicholas Clay Oliver Mellers
Ann Mitchell Mrs. Bolton
Elizabeth Spriggs Lady Eva
Peter Bennett Butler
Frank Morey Priest
Pascale Ridault Hilda
Anthony Head Anton
Bessie Love Flora
John Tynan Roberts
Ryan Michael Gigolo
Mark Colleano Gigolo

Technical Credits
Just Jaeckin Director,Screenwriter
Marc Behm Screenwriter
André Djaoui Producer
Robert Fraisse Cinematographer
Anton Furst Production Designer
Yoram Globus Executive Producer
Menahem Golan Executive Producer
Richard Harvey Score Composer
Stanley Myers Score Composer
Christopher Pearce Producer
Shirley Russell Costumes/Costume Designer
Christopher Wicking Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Full Screen
1. Main Title/War! [6:35]
2. Forever Changed [6:14]
3. Disturbing Dreams [6:48]
4. Moment of Discovery [6:42]
5. Uncovered [6:12]
6. Pursuing New Interests [6:24]
7. A Shoulder to Cry On [6:09]
8. Companionship [7:13]
9. Better Off Dead [4:31]
10. A Good Thrashing [5:55]
11. A Question of Class [6:47]
12. Unstuck [6:39]
13. A Night At the Cottage [6:13]
14. Bliss [7:12]
15. Exiled [6:01]
16. Any Regrets?/End Credits [8:31]
Side #2 --Wide Screen
1. Main Title/War! [6:35]
2. Forever Changed [6:14]
3. Disturbing Dreams [6:48]
4. Moment of Discovery [6:42]
5. Uncovered [6:12]
6. Pursuing New Interests [6:24]
7. A Shoulder to Cry On [6:09]
8. Companionship [7:13]
9. Better Off Dead [4:31]
10. A Good Thrashing [5:55]
11. A Question of Class [6:47]
12. Unstuck [6:39]
13. A Night At the Cottage [6:13]
14. Bliss [7:12]
15. Exiled [6:01]
16. Any Regrets?/End Credits [8:31]

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Lady Chatterley's Lover 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This 1981 (not '82 as suggested) film adaptation of the D. H. Lawrence classic is an enjoyable B-ride if only for its panoramic scenery of foggy London and the sexually engaging performances of its stars. Indeed, Sylvia Kristel (Emmanuelle) and the late Nicholas Clay (Excalibur) bring nothing but skin to their characters of an unlikely duo engaging in a torrid affair. Over an ultra-syrupy score (by Richard Harvey and Stanley Myers), and a well use of camera work by Robert Fraisse, the two go at it with all their splendor, leaving nothing to the imagination except to wonder if the movie would have been better had a talented cast been involved. Since it isn't but remains enjoyable despite its flaws, this LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER is superficial enough to be camp classic material, which is, as we all know, an important factor for lovers of such films.-----Martin Boucher
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