Lady Chatterley's Lover (Sous-titres français)
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Sylvia Kristel (Emmanuelle) is "beautiful" (The New York Times) as the lonely young wife of a wealthy aristocrat in this scintillating tale of love lust and forbidden fantasies. Adapted from D.H. Lawrence's famously erotic novel this "truly sumptuous production" captures the "splendor of the English countryside" (The Hollywood Reporter) and the torturous conflict between duty and desire.Paralyzed from the waist down due to a war injury Sir Clifford Chatterley (Shane Briant) urges his wife Constance (Kristel) to take a lover to satisfy her physical needs. But when she begins an intense affair with a man of shockingly lower class the virile and rugged gamekeeper Mellors (Nicholas Clay) the unexpected stirring of passions will rock not only the Chatterleys' marriage but all of society as well.System Requirements: Runnng Time 104 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA Rating: R UPC: 027616925749 Manufacturer No: 1008565
Back in the day when full-frontal nudity and soft-core eroticism were still part of the mainstream release strategy, Lady Chatterley's Lover made the rounds as a higher-toned slab of hubba-hubba. For this opus, Sylvia Kristel, the Dutch-born beauty who had bared all and gained a following in Emmanuelle, teamed up again with that film's director, Just Jaeckin,. Based on the once-scandalous D.H. Lawrence novel (and at least partly adapted by Marc Behm), Lady Chatterley casts Kristel as the wife of a paralyzed nobleman (former Hammer star Shane Briant). He can no longer make love to his sexy missus, and so gives his blessing to the idea of her having an affair--although the reality of the Lady getting it on with the manor's rough-hewn gamekeeper (Nicholas Clay) is not what he had in mind. The result is much closer to a bodice-ripping romance novel than to Lawrence (stick with Ken Russell's Women in Love for Lawrence erotica), and the sex scenes have the customary tropes of crackling fire and dancing in the rain. The sheer dullness of the production might be the price one must pay for getting to the hot parts, of which there are plenty. --Robert Horton
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And I like looking a Nicholas Clay's butt.
Connie changes because of her interaction with Mellors, and so finds true intimacy with an at first unlikely partner, and the superficial things that once seemed important to her melt away and no longer matter. She discovers who she is through her relationship with him, whereas Mellors already knows who he is. She can truly be herself around Mellors, so it is not surprising that he is a much better match for her than her rich, prissy husband. Mellors is the representation of what I consider to be an example of true masculinity: Clay's remarkable portrayal shows the unbearable pain of falling in love with someone who can only partially commit; he is physically strong and powerful, but shows remorse and disgust after being forced by Connie's husband to beat up poachers he caught on the grounds. He goes from cradling a baby chick in his hands to comforting her to decorating her hair with flowers, to making wild passionate love to her inside the secluded work shed, or in the woods against a tree out of sight from the main house. The searing contrast of Clay and Kristel's fully clothed and writhing bodies on the dirty floor of the work shed as they are overcome with lust and passion for each other will be forever burned in my mind. The only distraction in the film is the dubbing - every piece of dialouge was dubbed, so just be ready for it. It is a certainty that Clay was underrated as an actor, and it would have been nice to see him in more leading roles over the years, but I am grateful that he will be forever immortalized in the great film work he did accomplish, such as in this film, Evil Under The Sun, Lovespell, and Excalibur. I highly recommend them all.