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on November 7, 2012
Deux soeurs, nées dans un milieu très modeste de l'Angleterre, en viennent à aimer deux hommes, qui sont amis, au caractère totalement différent.

Ken Russell nous trimbale avec dextérité dans les méandres de ces amours pas toujours faciles. Où s'entremêlent fureur de vivre, duplicité, déception, et parfois petits moments de bonheur.

Un film à voir pour apprécier ce réalisateur souvent décrié à mauvais titre.
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on November 25, 2000
One of the most magnificent films and most sensuous ever made. I rented "Women in Love" years ago over and over again, until I gave up and finally bought a copy. I have grown attached to this film. Glenda Jackson deservedly won oscar for her portrayal as Gudrun. Cinematographer should have won too for his elegant photography.
When discussing this film with other film buffs, they keep mentioning the "most" brilliant scene, the nude scene with Alan Bates and Oliver Reed. I agree it's brilliant and exotic, but there are others that are beautiful, graceful and unforgettable: 1) Jennie Linden's nude scene with Alan Bates, circling gracefully around one another in a field while a beautiful score of music plays in the background. 2) Jackson's dance and graceful movement while reaching for a tree branch and slowly descending to the ground and back again, while Linden sings "Pretty Bubbles". 3) Linden's reconciliation with Bates starting with "See what a flower I found you?" 4) Jackson's gorgeous elongated eyes behind a veil putting on a costume in Switzerland while having an affair and Stravinsky plays in the background.
No matter how many times I see this film, I find new beautiful discoveries. I pledge people to give this one a chance and I promise it will be worth while and rewarding.
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on March 8, 2000
This has to be one of the most memorable treatments of Lawrence's work.
The film explores all three relationship possibilites (male-female, male-male, and female-female) revealing the true underlying drives of each sex. The performances of *all* cast in this film are exemplary. Not only do Bates, Reed, and Jackson turn in unforgettable performances, but other characters (Jennie Linden as Ursula, Vladek Sheybal, Eleanor Bron, to name a few) are inspired to excel equally.
Really this is a film which will haunt and force you to view it many many times. Each time you view it you will find more depth and more of Lawrence's insight into the life force behind men and women.
This is not a film for the faint-hearted, or for casual viewing. It is a heavy hitter.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon August 7, 2009
If there is one British movie made in the sixties that people should see, it's definitely women in love. An adaptation of a great British novel by D H Lawrence, it is a story where two sisters, both with different personalities but with the same desire for love, live their respective relationships with the aristocrat Gerald Crich and Rupert Birkin, his best friend. Shot exactly like his documentaries for the BBC, Ken Russell shows his talent with the use of symbolism and, like a neo-realistic Italian movie, he manages to represent the life of the British society with an extremely seductive power. And with his excellent actors, who each gave some of the most incredible and passionate performances I ever saw in cinema, it is no wonder that Ken Russell became respected in mainstream cinema during the seventies. For if it hadn't been for this movie, none would have heard of his Music Lovers, of its amazing actors, and seen what is still considered controversial in a mainstream movie, which is full frontal male nudity, during a wrestling scene between Alan Bates and Oliver Reed.

Both a pioneer in the art of moviemaking and for british cinema, it was the beginning of Ken Russell's controversial, but fascinating career. And the first of his excellent adaptations of D H Lawrence's novels.
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on January 10, 2002
Film versions of novels rarely get everything right but this comes pretty close. I especially like how effective the film is at conveying the importance of the body and physical sensation so vital in Lawrence's writing. I think a film can only attempt to show what the book more specifically says so to the mind the book will always be preferred but with a writer like Lawrence film makes perfect sense. In fact Lawrences flaw is perhaps that he at times uses too many words when an image would suffice. So I love that someone as visually audacious as Ken Russell made this film. I've seen it many times and always love different things about it. Russell is usually equated with excess but here everything exists in just the right amount, nothing is overdone, he finds just the right way to convey literary content without overly revering it and so framing it too neatly. Russell remains true to the book,and to his credit the way he injects the Lawrentian themes enlivens his characters, make them seem even more vital which is no small accomplishment and so the film never feels "literary" even though it is very literary in the best sense. To Lawrence love and any kind of relationship was always marked with struggle and restlessness because it could never be perfected. He was not interested in the bourgeoisie convention of marriage which domesticated love into something else but in its truest most uncompromised state. So in this film Ken Russell gives us that. Not every detail of the whole story but the essential feeling of love as experienced by four very different temperaments and all four main characters are very different types indeed, and all react differently to passion and interpret its meaning differently also. The most beautiful scenes are the wordless ones when the characters stop analyzing what their lives are about and allow themselves to simply inhabit their own passion and instincts. I think Russell is very true to Lawrence's concerns, perhaps shares them, but articulates them in his own visual way which really makes this a kind of collaboration with Lawrence as some of the scenes have no precedent in the book. The characters all remain complex and interesting and much remains unresolved because it is unresolvable. He also did a version of Women in Love's companion novel The Rainbow which is only about half as good.
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on June 19, 2001
Well, ISN'T it all about forbidden fruit?
Or as our beloved Cher would say "Snap out of it!" That's what Jennie Linden [Ursula} should say to Alan Bates [a comedic turn as the misguided DHL veiled as Birkin] regarding his comments about pure male love. Leading poor Gerald [Oliver Reeed - smouldering] on and on and on - and Gerald simply cannot commit to anything - - fully! BUT, "Woe, Man in Love" would not have worked - not commercial, besides it was the era of emancipation from Victoriana Regina!
Frenetic fornication - suspenders, buttons, hose, undies, everything shreds. How could they remain so composed [err, controlled] while disrobing so violently? All that fumbling?? Magnificent period costumes by Shirley Russell.
This sad dirge is semi-autobiographical, inspired by DHL's experiences with the "Bloomsbury" intelligentsia - similar to the Byron/Polidori/Shelley "Gothic" set, but not quite as depraved.
Glenda Jackson devours the screen, and just about everything else as the Carnivorous Gudrun. Pandora's Box is unhinged and the demons are loose - she's Lillith [Adam's first wife/original dust] unleashed. Two, three Oscars can barely compensate her for this catharsis, and that voice! [One of the most sensual voice of the 20th Century - there's always Gielgud though......] The final sequence with Gerald at the sterile schloss devastates - it's pure vocal flagellation, the "whip of the soul". A prime acting lesson for the novice.
THE nude [male] wrestling scene? Observe Reed's face at the climax of the match - wrenching! Not forgetting Linden's close-up at the end of the movie - subtle, but Mr. Russell makes the point well-known.
Worthy of note : Catherine Wilmer as Gerald's Class conscious pre-prozac mother [or is she just having a bad day?] is this Gudrun in later years, all dried up? Still, tearing at the male?
Russell should not have bothered with "The Music Lovers" [brilliant though it is] the Tchaikovsky sequence says it all!
The work deserved five stars on the big screen - it impacts differently in this cropped version - 3 stars only.
A good companion piece ? "Sons and Lovers" [this time, Dean Stockwell as the younger DHL with Mary Ure], more about that later.
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on February 24, 2016
My own fault. When I ordered this dvd a while ago, I was happy to have found it. When it finally arrived and it wouldn't play, I was so disappointed!
I went back to my original order and discovered a warning that it might not play in my region (Canada). The warning was clear but it didn't mean anything to me. It never occurred to me that a product sold on "Canadian" Amazon....'t work in Canada. Oh well. I will be more careful in future.
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on July 23, 2007
i LOVE women in love.
probably one of my top movies of all time.
it is just so satisfying.
watching this movie is like..."sitting with my beloved in a field with dasies growing all around us..."

so romantic!
and so chilling...
the drowning, the sex scenes, the ending...

it actually took me a couple watches before i really got into it.
now its on my tv all the time. while i get ready to go out, while i sit alone at home drinking a glass of wine after work...

this movie, i don't think, is for everyone.
its weird, to be sure. and not exactly action packed
(although i guess that depends on your definition)
but at least give it a chance.
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on May 3, 1999
i loved him! i met him once on same filmsetting! and he said to me you are the only gentleman around here,as we said goodbye(both very drunk!)and kissed eachother(we would never meet again-what a pity!)i loved him as person and i loved his genius -his talent-i say: since my my adoration for beloved charles laughton i have never had the feeling of mystic("geheimnis") and anglosaxic-celtic beauty in spirit and body! morning for unic lover and artist! jon laxdal actor,author and theaterdirector in Kaiserstuhl;switzerland( you want to cry with me!)he left us only a few hours ago!
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on December 16, 2002
STILL, very moving, erotic, devastating and rather frightening in its frank sexual portrayal! D.H. Lawrence veiled expose of the 'Bloomsbury' Set and 'other encounters' - today's imitations pale by comparison.
Masterful performances by Glenda Jackson, Alan Bates, and the late Oliver Reed. Lush direction - and adaptation by Ken Russell and superb costumes by Mrs Russell - all lovingly restored on the late but 'collector's item DVD. Quite true to the flamboyant novel and a veritable primer for the aspiring actor.
Now, how about more Russell Restorations??
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