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The Virgin And The Gypsy [DVD] [1975]


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  • Actors: Joanna Shimkus, Franco Nero, Honor Blackman, Mark Burns
  • 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: 19 April 2010
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038409XI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,092 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A faithful adaptation of DH Lawrence's novel. Joanna Shimkus plays the clergyman's virginal daughter who falls for the smouldering sexual magnetism of Franco Nero's gypsy. This 1970 adaptation of DH Lawrence's novel of the same name tell the story about the passionate affair between a rector's daughter and a travelling fortune teller. Fresh from the relative freedom of a French finishing school, Yvette returns home to England and falls in love with a travelling fortune teller, unaware that tragedy lies ahead.


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8 of 8 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 21 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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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mickey_one on 9 May 2010
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Unfortunately this is not a remastered version,
and it's a full screen 4:3 presentation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Christine E. Birds on 3 Feb 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Bought this for the memories, my husband comes from the village this was filmed in.
Very satisfied.
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