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The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970)

Film adaptation from the novel by D.H. Lawrence, discovered after the celebrated author's death in 1930, a romantic love story tells of a prim young English girl who is sexually attracted ... See full summary »

Director:

Christopher Miles

Writer:

Alan Plater (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Shimkus ... Yvette
Franco Nero ... The Gypsy
Honor Blackman ... Mrs. Fawcett
Mark Burns Mark Burns ... Major Eastwood
Fay Compton ... Grandma
Maurice Denham Maurice Denham ... The Rector
Kay Walsh ... Aunt Cissie
Imogen Hassall ... The Gypsy's Wife
Harriet Harper Harriet Harper ... Lucille
Norman Bird ... Uncle Fred
Jeremy Bulloch ... Leo
Roy Holder ... Bob
Margo Andrew Margo Andrew ... Ella
Jan Chappell Jan Chappell ... Mary (as Janet Chappell)
Helen Booth Helen Booth ... Cook
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Film adaptation from the novel by D.H. Lawrence, discovered after the celebrated author's death in 1930, a romantic love story tells of a prim young English girl who is sexually attracted to a seductively virile gypsy. The climatic dam burst is linked with the consummation of her desire. Written by alfiehitchie

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1970 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Virgem e o Cigano See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Kenneth Harper Production See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 56513 delivered on 25-7-1970. See more »

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Ronald Cass & Peter Myers
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A quiet, classic, literary adaptation
28 March 2004 | by LKguySee all my reviews

The Virgin and the Gypsy was a novella by D. H. Lawrence that contrasted the suffocating closeness and inhibited atmosphere of an English cleric and his extended family with the awakening sexuality of his eldest daughter and the free spirited influence of a gypsy whom she meets.

The excellent screenplay by Alan Plater who also did the screenplay for "The Priest of Love", a biography of D. H. Lawrence, complements the direction by Christopher Miles. Their efforts helped create a film that matches if it does not surpass, the prose of D. H. Lawrence. A few scenes still stand out; the hysteria of Aunt Cissie who screams insults through the door at Yvette., the comedy of the church social evening when Uncle Fred sings a bawdy, music-hall song and the scene in which the Gypsy confronts and stares down several English youths.

I saw Franco Nero earlier in the film "Camelot." He plays the Gypsy in this film with quiet, machismo, atitude. Joanna Shimkus also played with quiet, understated style that plays well with that of Nero.

I saw this film during its initial release in 1970. I hope television networks may eventually air this film again or that it finds its way into a video or DVD.


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