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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what Lawrence intended.................., 11 Mar 2008
This review is from: Lady Chatterley [2006] [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
This is a brave effort to bring 'John Thomas & Lady Jane' to the screen, but it is significantly flawed in realisation. My problems with the film are listed below:

1. It fails to fully bring out Lawrence's despair over the way he believed that industrialization had destroyed the hopes and dreams of the working man.

2. The gamekeeper is not the lean, pale man described in the book and he is also too passive. Connie does not really show the character development required as she becomes sexually liberated and released from her 'dead' relationship with Clifford.

3. Clifford is not irascible enough as even in this version of the novel he is an intense and frustrated man who is devastated by his injuries and rails against the world around him. The Director has failed to draw this out from the performance here and we get little of Clifford's contempt for those of a lower class.

4. The French dialogue in the film obviously cannot capture the way Lawrence uses local accents to emphasis differences in class in his stories.

Overall, I admire the French production team in tackling this, but honestly, this particular Lawrence story is too English in its content to 'travel' well hence my mark of 3 stars for this. It is well photographed and filmed and the sexual content is carefully and tenderly played by the two main actors, but the characters are all too low key.
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Initial post: 18 Nov 2009 20:44:27 GMT
Morel says:
I go along with this. It was too beautiful to be a convincing adaptation of the book. Best to forget about he book and just enjoy the film for what it is. As it is, it's very appealing, with the sex scenes tenderly done - just not very Lawrentian.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2011 22:26:37 GMT
This version is based on John Thomas and Lady Jane (published 1927) which is an alternative version of the story that was told in the once controversial novel Lady Chatterley's Lover, published in 1928.
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