Of course, you can't expect an exact translation of a novel (there is no definitive reading & this has been adapted before- most recently in 1981)- but the simplification that occurs here. It fails to say anything about the book or era it depicts- unlike a BBC TV adaptation of The Rainbow in the 80's, or Ken Russell's versions of Women in Love, The Rainbow (again) & Lady Chatterley's Lover. Lawrence's work is simplified here into a series of sex scenes between Paul & Clara, then Miriam.
I never thought I'd complain about too much sex on screen, after all most TV revolves around sex in forms of affairs in soaps/MOR TV drama- but rarely shows it. Here we get full-frontal nudity- which I think is fine, after all- most people are naked when they have sex. But it overplays the nudity & sex, becoming repetitious and placating the idea that it's OK in this instance- cos it's based on a classic (do we get similar nudity in "Golden Handcuff"-based TV drama? The answer is no). Nothing is really said with the frequent depiction of sex, this is not David Cronenberg's Crash- so it comes across as a titillating excuse to show pubic hair on screen.Read more ›