“Gudrun Brangwen. Gerald Crich. Tibby and Laura Lupton. Ursula Brangwen. Rupert Birkin. What peculiar names we all have. Do you think we’ve been singled out, chosen for some extraordinary moment in life, or are we all cursed with the mark of Cain?” – Rupert
Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Sep 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Two friends end up dating a pair of sisters and they all try to get as much out of love as they can.
My Take on it – This is a film that has a very interesting premise and it starts off really well, but unfortunately quite quickly it loses interest because of some of the ideas brought forth.
The cast is quite talented and having Oliver Reed, Alan Bates, Glenda Jackson and Jennie Linden all together helps elevate this film a bit.
I liked the way that each of the characters seem to be seeking the same idea; love, yet they all approach the subject quite differently which drives rifts through them.
Jackson actually won Best Actress at the Oscars for this role and tat probably has a lot to do with the fact that she was willing to completely bear herself both physically and emotionally in her quest for the true meaning of real love.
Ken Russel received a Best Director Oscar nomination for this film ad some of the way that the lush land is filled is done amazingly.
Unfortunately, despite the fact that this film was a landmark in film history especially compared to when it was made yet it loses much of its draw when being viewed after nearly 5 decades because the story feels even more irrelevant now than it did then.
Bottom Line – Interesting idea that starts off really well but loses it’s magic along the way. The cast is great and all 4 of the leads do wonderful jobs portraying these very flawed characters who are all seeking similar things yet in different ways. Jackson won Best Actress at the Oscars for this role because she allowed her character to bear herself completely both physically and mentally. Russell received a Best Director nomination for this film and it can definitely be seen as being a landmark for its time even if it doesn’t still feel as relevant nearly 50 years on.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Glenda Jackson was the first actress to win an Oscar for a role that included nude scenes. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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