Part of Spirit of '69.
Sun, Jun 16, 11:30am: Introduction from Nancy Roche, lecturer in English at Vanderbilt University. BUY TICKETS
The audacious Ken Russell vaulted onto the international stage with WOMEN IN LOVE, drawing on the psychosexual radicalism of D. H. Lawrence’s classic novel to shatter taboos in his own time. Set in an English mining community on the crest of modernity, WOMEN IN LOVE traces the shifting currents of desire that link the emancipated Brangwen sisters (Jennie Linden and an Oscar-winning Glenda Jackson) to a freethinking dreamer (Alan Bates) and a hard-willed industrialist (Oliver Reed)—as well as the men’s own erotically charged friendship. Coupling earthy sensuality with kaleidoscopically stylized images, Russell pursues this quartet to the heights of agony and ecstasy, crafting a breathtaking drama of human sexuality at its most liberating, dominating, and destructive extremes.
“Ken Russell’s WOMEN IN LOVE is one of those exceedingly rare film adaptations of a vaunted literary work that successfully manages to fuse fidelity to the source material with its director’s distinctive visual style.” —Budd Wilkins, Slant “The novel challenged Victorian conceptions of sexuality. The movie…defied Hollywood conventions, most obviously in its daring use of male frontal nudity…[Russell] discovered a vein of submerged satire in the novel and mined it for broad comedy.” —J. Hoberman, New York Times
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