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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 ... 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 »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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"The Virgin and the Gypsy" was D.H. Lawrence's final unpublished novella. See more »

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Missed Opportunity
19 August 2007 | by bob_bearSee all my reviews

Obviously made to cash in on "Women In Love" but lacking in the former's brooding atmosphere or rampant sensuality, The Virgin & The Gypsy promises much but fails to deliver.

The racy (for its time) title and the full-on nudity of its predecessor must have brought out the dirty mac brigade in droves when it was released. If so, they were to be sorely disappointed. Here we find Franco "Sex On Legs" Nero paired with an unremarkable lead actress of charisma-bypass proportions. No chemistry between them. None.

The editing seems to be remarkably clumsy and I've yet to see a print that has been remastered which all adds to the the impression of a moth-eaten also-ran. The pace is slow. The production values are cheap. It's just not very good.


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