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Women in Love (1969)

Two best friends fall in love with a pair of women, but the relationships soon go in very different directions.

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The battle of the sexes and relationships among the elite of Britain's industrial Midlands in the 1920s. Gerald Crich and Rupert Berkin are best friends who fall in love with a pair of sisters Gudrun, a sculptress and Ursula Brangwen, a schoolteacher. Rupert marries Ursula, Gerald begins a love affair with Gudrun, and the foursome embarks upon a Swiss honeymoon. But the relationships take markedly different directions, as Russell explores the nature of commitment and love. Rupert and Ursula learn to give themselves to each other; the more withdrawn Gerald cannot, finally, connect with the demanding and challenging Gudrun. Written by alfiehitchie

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The relationship between four sensual people is limited: They must find a new way.

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25 March 1970 (USA)  »

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$1,250,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The nude wrestling scene posed problems for UK censor John Trevelyan, and the film was only passed after Ken Russell made some edits to the original print to reduce full-length shots of Rupert and Gerald standing motionless before the wrestling begins and to darken shots of sunlight streaming into the room. The sex scenes between Gerald and Gudrun were also reduced on the censor's request. After the edits were made, the film was granted an 'X' certificate. See more »

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Ursula is seen toasting pre-sliced bread in front of the fire. Pre-sliced bread wasn't invented until 1928, eight years after the action. See more »

Quotes

Gudrun Brangwen: Fancy her barging into your classroom like that. What a liberty!
Ursula Brangwen: Oh, Hermione loves to dominate everyone. She'd like to dominate us, I think.
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Sixth symphony
[Tchaikovsky's 6th symphony is the soundtrack to Gudrun and Loerke messing around]
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The embodiment of the Avant-Garde style.
9 August 1999 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

By it's mere cinemagraphic style and on screen personalities, this film introduced me to the idea of the avant-garde, existential and 'esoteric ritual' perspective of ordinary events. Their true mystery. For me, the style of the film went far beyond its content or dialogue. This film taught me the idea of an intelligent stylishness, and how erotic Glenda Jackson's character could be sheerly by virtue of her brilliant and cunning personal style. Pretty surprising, but then, seducing his audience in great new ways has been one of Russell's great talents. His films always seemed at the cutting edge, and I was seeing them 12 years later!


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