Women in Love: The Criterion CollectionCriterion
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, director Ken 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.
Reasons to Buy
- With this film, audacious filmmaker Ken Russell vaulted onto the international stage, drawing on the psychosexual radicalism of D.H. Lawrence's classic novel to shatter taboos in his own time.
- The novel was adapted for the screen by playwright and gay activist Larry Kramer (founder of Act-Up and The Gay Men's Health Crises an writer behind "The Normal Heart".
- Alan Bates and Oliver Reed's naked wrestling scene is legendary. It has kept this film on our bestseller list for years. Now the Criterion Collection offers up a positively gorgeous re-mastered version.
DVD FeaturesTwo audio commentaries from 2003, one featuring director Ken Russell and the other screenwriter and producer Larry Kramer
Segments from a 2007 interview with Russell for the BAFTA Los Angeles Heritage Archive
A BRITISH PICTURE: PORTRAIT OF AN ENFANT TERRIBLE, Russell's 1989 biopic on his own life and career
Interview from 1976 with actor Glenda Jackson
Interviews with Kramer and actors Alan Bates and Jennie Linden from the set
New interviews with director of photography Billy Williams and editor Michael Bradsell
SECOND BEST, a 1972 short film based on a D. H. Lawrence story, produced by and starring Bates
PLUS: An essay by scholar Linda Ruth Williams