Directed by Ken Russell | UK | 131 mins.
Part of our Library Series, which presents a free screening of the film along with a short lecture/guided discussion of its cultural and artistic significance.
Ken Russell burst onto the international film stage with his audacious screen adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s scandalous 1920 novel Women In Love. Coming off the great success of his BBC Monitor composer documentaries, Russell, with the help of screenwriter Larry Kramer, and the multi-dimensional talents of a courageous cast (including Alan Bates, and future frequent Russell collaborators Glenda Jackson and Oliver Reed) fashions a brazen and provocative cinematic fable of romantic love.
Utilizing the lush and sensuous camerawork of ace cinematographer Billy Williams, Russell investigates the ecstasies and great tragedies that lie in store for anyone daring to risk their sexual freedom. Nominated for 4 Oscars, including Best Director for Ken Russell, and winner of the Best Actress Oscar for the brash and blazing talents of its star, Glenda Jackson, Women in Love shows Russell finally beginning to fully emerge as the enfant terrible of 1970s British Cinema.
- Written by Scott Lang