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The Rainbow (1989)

A young woman deals in her own personal way with the trials of adolescence and young adulthood in early 1900s England.

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Ken Russell's loose adaptation of the last part of D.H. Lawrence's "The Rainbow" sees impulsive young Ursula coming of age in pastoral England around the time of the Boer War. At school, she is introduced to lovemaking by a bisexual physical education instructress. While experiencing disillusionment in her first career attempt (teaching), she has an affair with a young Army officer, who wants to marry her. Unable to accept a future of domesticity, she breaks with him, and eventually leaves home in search of her destiny. Written by Anonymous

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26 May 1989 (USA)  »

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$444,055 (USA)
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Second of three filmed adaptations of novels by D.H. Lawrence that were directed by Ken Russell. One was made for television, two for the cinema, with the TV mini-series also cut into a feature film version. The three titles are Lady Chatterley (1993), The Rainbow (1989) and Women in Love (1969), with the latter two being made and released exactly about twenty years apart. See more »

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Version of The Rainbow (1988) See more »

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Excellent DH Lawrence adaptation
12 February 2004 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

I loved this film. I went through a big DH Lawrence phase in my late teens and early 20's, and Ursula and Gudrun from Women In Love and The Rainbow were characters I loved and related to, despite and because of their flaws.

This is a beautifully written and filmed story of a young woman who just wants more than her ugly industrial town has to offer. She is influenced by a couple of unconventional older people in her life. I thought it was a sensual portrait of bisexuality and creative freedom


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