Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • 1955
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover was banned in the US for more than 30 years, and this tame film version of the novel met a similar fate. The familiar story revolves around the torrid affair between Constance Chatterley (Danielle Darrieux), the young wife of an impotent aristocrat (Leo Genn), and the estate's gamekeeper (Erno Crisa). Although the...read more

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D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover was banned in the US for more than 30 years, and this tame film version of the novel met a similar fate. The familiar story revolves around the torrid affair between Constance Chatterley (Danielle Darrieux), the young wife of an impotent aristocrat

(Leo Genn), and the estate's gamekeeper (Erno Crisa). Although the controversy surrounding Lawrence's book stemmed from its graphic sexual descriptions, the film eschews steamy depiction, cutting instead to shots of burning embers in the fireplace at the appropriate moments. For some reason New

York censors felt that this was enough to warrant reediting before LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER was allowed to be released in that state. The film, as they put it, "presented adultery as a desirable, acceptable, and proper pattern of behavior." However, the case went to the Supreme Court, which ruled

against the ban. Tame by 1950s standards, LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER is even less likely to raise any eyebrows today. But in 1981, soft-core pornography director Just Jaeckin (EMMANUELLE) and soft-core star Sylvia Kristel attempted a racier adaptation of the novel, which, if nothing else, looks good.

(In French with English subtitles.)

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