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The Virgin And The Gypsy [1970] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Joanna Shimkus, Franco Nero, Honor Blackman, Mark Burns
  • Directors: Christopher Miles
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UEX4SG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,173 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence novella. Joanna Shimkus stars as Yvette, a young girl, living an unfulfilling life in a vicarage, with her father and sister. Her romantic curiosity is awakened by a chance encounter with a gypsy and his family. The film explores the relationships of the protagonists, as well as the themes of freedom, family and burgeoning sexuality.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steve TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 May 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a reissue by Arrow Films of their 2007 release of 'The Virgin and the Gypsy'.

The film itself is a very good adaptation of D.H.Lawrence's novel. It is well acted, my only reservation being Franco Nero's accent which veers somewhere between Irish, Italian, and a general mumble. Still, he looks the part, and there is fine use of Derbyshire locations in the excellent cinematography.

But the film print used has some grain and a lot of scratches, and worst of all, although the opening credits are shown (correctly) in widescreen, the rest of the film is shown in full screen, which ruins the composition of the photography, and makes the print's faults even more visible. What a shame.

There is a useful extra, being a 35 minute talk including Honor Blackman and the film's director, after a public screening of the film in Belper, Derbyshire. Also the chap who appeared as a 6 month old baby in the film makes a guest appearance!

Despite the issues with the picture quality, I think this is a special film and I would still strongly recommend it.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 18 April 2008
Format: DVD
This is one of those films one saw as a child that always had an impact and once seen, is never forgotten.

I waited years for this to be released on Video, but it never happened, and then we had to wait years again for it to come out on DVD, and now finally the wait is over! Unfortunately, (and it may be a surprise to many) this has not been re-mastered, which is a bit odd, since it is a classic and a much acclaimed British movie. Still, this does not detract from the gem that it is.

Maurice Denham is simply charming as the 'gentle' Rector of a small village where his two wayward and motherless daughters come home from their schooling in France to become young women. Being the only man in the household surrounded by the weaker sex - except 'Uncle Fred' (played by Norman Bird who cannot be taken too seriously) has a difficult task in protecting his daughters and keeping them 'innocent' from the 'ways of the world'.

The opening scenes to this movie are quite humorous with the traits and characteristics from the marvellous roles played by Kay Walsh and the great Fay Compton.

Yvette (the most wayward of the two girls) is certainly 'feeling her feet' as a young woman (I knew the feeling myself when I was watching this as a much younger child!) and bored and frustrated by the quiet and 'uneventful' life at a country Rectory. As a consequence, she begins to 'fantasise' about a handsome gypsy whom she meets - quite by chance whilst out with some boring friends. These 'innocent' daydreams are reminiscent of what we all had at that tender age of adolescence, and one of the most romantic and exciting scenes is when the same gypsy turns up at the Rectory to sell his wares, and sees Yvette once again. He tells her to 'come Friday - I'll be there'.
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By droog on 6 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
There is one main theme in the film and that is the search for self-expression in a small, repressed class-ridden world. Within the claustrophobic atmosphere of the stony,stone-built vicarage, the vicar's daughters, Lucy and Yvette ,
yearn for freedom from the vile matriarch, Mater; fresh from schooling in France, Yvette especially is ready to rebel.

In the gloomy dungeon of the vicarage, there is Aunt Sissy, Grandmother,who is going deaf and doolali and the high-church vicar himself. The girls' mother had left years before and the couple had divorced but the vicar did not want to talk about that, what he considered to be his ex-wife's 'sin' . However, there is also the jollier character of |Uncle Fred the only person in the house who seems to be normal and unrepressed. From the start, it is obvious that Yvette is going to be trouble because she refuses to conform to the diktats of her class-conscious grandmother who has ideas way above her station.

Now there are early markers as to the quest towards freedom. First there is the gypsy whom Yvette meets whilst out in the car with a couple of vacuous rich boys; secondly, the runaway couple, Mrs. Fawcett and Major Eastwood who have already made their journeys to self-fulfilment and invite Yvette to see them for some infra-dig skinny dipping but thirdly, physically and metaphorically, the rising river which will be the agency by which everything will be positively resolved. All these elements are carefully woven into the narrative.

There is the real-man gypsy contrasting,of course as is common with Lawrence with the weak rich scions who don't work.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon policer on 19 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
Televista produce bootleg DVDs and Amazon sell them on their behalf.

You can buy a legitimate copy of this film on the Arrow Films DVD label, which is also available form Amazon.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 18 April 2008
Format: DVD
This is one of those films one saw as a child that always had an impact and once seen, is never forgotten.

I waited years for this to be released on Video, but it never happened, and then we had to wait years again for it to come out on DVD, and now finally the wait is over! Unfortunately, (and it may be a surprise to many) this has not been re-mastered, which is a bit odd, since it is a classic and a much acclaimed British movie. Still, this does not detract from the gem that it is.

Maurice Denham is simply charming as the 'gentle' Rector of a small village where his two wayward and motherless daughters come home from their schooling in France to become young women. Being the only man in the household surrounded by the weaker sex - except 'Uncle Fred' (played by Norman Bird who cannot be taken too seriously) has a difficult task in protecting his daughters and keeping them 'innocent' from the 'ways of the world'.

The opening scenes to this movie are quite humorous with the traits and characteristics from the marvellous roles played by Kay Walsh and the great Fay Compton.

Yvette (the most wayward of the two girls) is certainly 'feeling her feet' as a young woman (I knew the feeling myself when I was watching this as a much younger child!) and bored and frustrated by the quiet and 'uneventful' life at a country Rectory. As a consequence, she begins to 'fantasise' about a handsome gypsy whom she meets - quite by chance whilst out with some boring friends. These 'innocent' daydreams are reminiscent of what we all had at that tender age of adolescence, and one of the most romantic and exciting scenes is when the same gypsy turns up at the Rectory to sell his wares, and sees Yvette once again. He tells her to 'come Friday - I'll be there'.
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