The French Lieutenant's Woman [DVD] 
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DVD Special Features:
Original theatrical trailer
Interactive menu screens
Languages in Dolby Digital: English
Languages in Mono: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Subtitles: French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Englsih for the hard of hearing, German for the hard of hearing
1.85:1 Widescreen 16:9 version
With The French Lieutenant's Woman writer Harold Pinter and director Karel Reisz take an experimental spin on John Fowles' magnificent novel set in Victorian England, and come up with something puzzling. Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep play the forbidden lovers in Fowles' story, but in a parallel story line they also play contemporary actors performing those characters in a movie production and having an affair of their own during off-hours. Got that? Considering that Fowles himself presents alternative endings in his novel, something equally eccentric is called for here. But little is accomplished by this intertwining of a fictional past and present, and the opportunity to do justice to a great story is lost. On the plus side, Irons and Streep are instantly striking as a natural couple on screen, and their presence makes watching this film easy enough despite the larger problems. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.comSee all Product Description
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This brief dialogue towards the beginning of this movie based on John Fowles's 1969 novel succinctly illustrates both the fate that would most likely have been in store for title character Sarah (Meryl Streep in her "movie within the movie" role), had she left provincial Lyme Regis on Dorset's Channel coast and gone to London, and the Victorian society's moral duplicity: For while no virtues were regarded as highly as honor, chastity and integrity; while no woman intent on keeping her good name could even be seen talking to a man alone (let alone go beyond that); and while marriage - like any contract - was considered sacrosanct, rendering the partner who deigned to breach it an immediate social outcast, all these rules were suspended with regard to prostitutes; women who, for whatever reasons, had sunk so low they were regarded as nonpersons and thus, inherently unable to stain anybody's reputation but their own.Read more ›
Set in 19th Century England it is the story of a chance meeting between Sarah (Streep), an eerily beautiful woman, and Charles (Irons), a biologist about to be married; they have a brief but passionate affair but her deep sadness and past force her to leave him. Without giving too much away, the film works on two chronological levels, switching seamlessly between the two parallel stories which mirror each other in many ways.
Visually, this film is stunningly beautiful and haunting in the way the story of Sarah, a Victorian outcast, unfolds to reveal her history.
A great film and, at these prices, a real bargain.
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I visited Lyme in Dorset where some of the locations are and bought the movie.
Very enjoyable DVD, arrived within days of ordering, as described. Enjoyable film.Published 6 months ago by salskittle