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The Rainbow [DVD]
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Imogen Stubbs stars in the BBC's critically lauded 1988 adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's The Rainbow.
Ursula Brangwen (Stubbs) is the beautiful, naive daughter of a wealthy country squire, one of five children living in the Nottinghamshire mining heartland at the turn of the century. From wide-eyed sixteen-year-old to fully grown woman, the drama follows Ursula through the trials and tribulations of her burgeoning personal relationships in her quest to find fulfilment for her developing passionate and sensual nature. This highly acclaimed three part mini-series was Imogen Stubbs' break-through role while the supporting cast includes Kate Buffery as Ursula's swimming instructor Winifred Inger and Tom Bell as Old Tom Brangwen. Martin Wenner plays soldier Anton Skrebensky with Jon Finch as Uncle Tom.
Atmospheric, sensuous and haunting, this production is widely considered one of the finest adaptations of D.H. Lawrence's controversial and ground-breaking novel, one of the greatest works in all English literature.
A respectable and picturesque realisation of DH Lawrence's novel, 1989's The Rainbow is director Ken Russell's prequel to his 1969 version of Women in Love. By Russell's standards, this is a remarkably restrained treatment of Lawrence's novel, set in the Midlands in the 19th century: with its lush, rural setting and quaint bucolic soundtrack there are moments when you might imagine you're watching The Railway Children--until the sex scenes kick in, that is.
Her soul infused with infinite longing by the sight of a rainbow as a child, Ursula Brangwen grows up restless at the prescribed roles set out for women in Victorian England, which are stoically endured by her mother (Glenda Jackson, who played Ursula's sister Gudrun in Women in Love). She idealises her swimming instructor--the older, more experienced Winifred (Amanda Donohoe) with whom she enjoys a passionate, borderline lesbian relationship. She becomes a schoolteacher against her parents' wishes, and takes up with Paul McGann, who is somewhat tepid as a Boer War officer. Ultimately, however, she finds all of these limitations too constraining and finally strikes out on her own in search of true spiritual and sexual freedom.
On the DVD: This is a full-screen version of the film, ratio 4:3. The sound quality is fine as is the colour and sharpness, though like the film itself, not quite as ravishing as you might hope. Special features consist of a routine trailer ("She played by her passion, not by their rules") and disappointingly perfunctory "filmographies" of the director and cast: merely lists of their previous movies. --David Stubbs --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.See all Product description
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I found that every bit of this adaptation held my attention with never a dull or boring moment. You just want the endearing character of Ursula Brangwen to win through against everything that is thrown at her. and it's truly wonderful when she finally learns, the hard way, to simply be her true self and not have her life ruined by a concoction of social conventions. Of course, it's also good to read the book as well, but it also speaks wonders for the genius of Lawrence that his work adapts so enthrallingly well into a TV serial.
There's an excellent 'backup' cast with, among others, Kate Buffery as Ursula's swimming instructor, Martin Wenner as the army officer Anton Strebinsky, Jon Finch as Uncle Tom and Tom Bell as as Old Tom Brangwen. The settings and landscape are evocative of the time and place during which the action is set. All told this is a recording to keep, cherish and enjoy watching many times. I love it. It's an all time great adaptation.
The screenplay here is written by Anne Devlin and the three part drama is divided into three 60 minute episodes. When one realises that the novel covers three generations of the Brangwen family over a 60 year period one can appreciate why it takes 3 hours to tell the story. The action takes place in the Nottinghamshire countryside and mining towns. In one sense the story is a classic tale of a young woman's coming of age in an age of change and uncertainty. Ursula, who is wonderfully played by Imogen Stubbs, finds herself intellectually, emotionally and sexually fenced in and dissatisfied. She seeks to build a life for herself. she embarks on a love affair with her female teacher and then has a passionate affair with a young soldier, Anton Skrebensky (played by Martin Wenner). I will not spoil the story by saying more about the plot.
The performances are all excellent but any adaptation of "The Rainbow" stands or falls by the performance of the actress who plays Ursula. Here we have Imogen Stubbs at her best. She conveys the young Ursula's wilfulness very well and is not afraid to try our patience at times. She brilliantly shows us Ursula's growth in terms of independence and maturity.
There are scenes of a sexual nature (well this is D H Lawrence so I doubt if that will surprise anyone) I think the two scenes rather effectively show what I mean about Imogen Stubbs' ability to show how Ursula's confidence grows. In her first nude scene with her female lover (Winifred Inger played by Kate Buffery) Imogen Stubbs is all bashful shyness and uncertainty. By the time she strips naked with Skrebensky under a full mo0n and runs naked to swim and make love in a conveniently located lake she is an all conquering Earth Goddess.
This is an excellent DVD option if you like your novels in dramatized form and in my opinion to be preferred to the Ken Russell movie. Here is a link to that movieThe Rainbow [DVD] 
If you would like to read the novel, my recommendation would be the Oxford World's Classics edition. here is the link: The Rainbow (Oxford World's Classics) by Lawrence, D. H. (July 10, 2008) Paperback
It is a wonderful production that has transported me back to my schooldays and my teens, when this was shown on TV. The high quality drama itself aside, the score/soundtrack is beautiful and magical - handbells being one of the instruments used for it, if my ears tell me correctly. This was produced at a time when the BBC were making some of the best dramatisations in my memory.
I just love this and am so grateful to the BBC for producing this DVD.
Precious Bane with Clive Owen next please!
OK, back down to earth... This is from a time when the BBC did excellent drama and much better than today's overly slick offerings. The drama may well over 25 years old but the only down side to that is a few dodgy effects of a flood scene, but that is a very small part. The acting is top notch and setting is well, correct, unlike the BBC's newer version from about 2012 which was filmed in Africa!
The DVD has all three hour long episodes as originally shown in 1988. The BBC broadcast a reduced 2 episode version in about 1992 but thankfully this is the original full version.
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