Sons and Lovers

Sons and Lovers

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Director: Jack Cardiff

Cast: Jack Cardiff, Trevor Howard, Dean Stockwell, Wendy Hiller

     
 

The Motion Picture Production Code was still in effect (albeit weakly) when Sons and Lovers was filmed in 1960, so don't expect a thoroughly frank and faithful adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence novel. Set in an English mining town, the film focuses on Paul Morel (Dean Stockwell), the sensitive son of a roughhewn, alcoholic miner (Trevor Howard) and his gentle,See more details below

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The Motion Picture Production Code was still in effect (albeit weakly) when Sons and Lovers was filmed in 1960, so don't expect a thoroughly frank and faithful adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence novel. Set in an English mining town, the film focuses on Paul Morel (Dean Stockwell), the sensitive son of a roughhewn, alcoholic miner (Trevor Howard) and his gentle, repressed wife (Wendy Hiller). Intent on becoming an artist, Paul is not above depending upon the financial kindnesses of the young women of the town. Many of the girls carry a torch for him, but his strong bonds to his mother leave him emotionally sapped. Freddie Francis's evocative, grimy industrial-town cinematography won him an Academy Award. Despite censorial restrictions, this admirably captures the essence of the dour Lawrence original.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Hailed with excellent reviews upon its release, Sons and Lovers has lost much of its power and freshness over the years. While still a good -- at times very good -- film, it is not as startling as it was in 1960, when even the Code-approved version raised eyebrows. The film is a respectful adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence novel, but it somtimes feels too respectful; there's an air of "this is important literature" about it, which dampens its effectiveness. Jack Cardiff's direction is uneven, but for the most part effective; he's especially good with the moments of erotic attraction and in framing the telling character details that provide a richness to much of the work. He gets sensational work from almost the entire cast, with Trevor Howard standing out for his superlative, bold but finely nuanced performance. Wendy Hiller is close behind him, etching a portrait of a complex woman filled with both love and fear, and Dean Stockwell conveys the sensitivity essential to the role. The production as a whole has a beautiful look to it, with detailed art direction and stunning cinematography. If Sons as a movie is not the classic that it is as a book, it is still a moving and worthwhile experience.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2013
UPC:
0024543878018
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
1,563

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Trevor Howard Walter Morel
Dean Stockwell Paul Morel
Wendy Hiller Gertrude Morel
Mary Ure Clara Dawes
Heather Sears Miriam Leivers
William Lucas William Morel
Conrad Phillips Baxter Dawes
Donald Pleasence Pappleworth
Ernst Thesiger Henry Hadlock
Rosalie Crutchley Mrs. Leivers
Ruth Dunning Mrs. Leivers
Elizabeth Begley Mrs. Radford
Edna Morris Mrs. Anthony
Ruth Kettlewell Mrs. Bonner
Sean Barrett Arthur
Philip Ray Dr. Ansell
Susan Travers Betty
Dorothy Gordon Fanny
Sheila Bernette Polly
Vilma Ann Leslie Collie

Technical Credits
Jack Cardiff Director
T.E.B. Clarke Screenwriter
Lionel Couch Art Director
Freddie Francis Cinematographer
Margaret Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Handford Sound/Sound Designer
Gavin Lambert Screenwriter
Thomas H. Morahan Production Designer
Mario Nascimbene Score Composer
Gordon Pilkington Editor
Jerry Wald Producer

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