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The Romantic Englishwoman (1975)

What is real and what is fiction? Faced with writer's block with his novel, Lewis Fielding turns to a film script about a woman finding herself after his wife Elizabeth returns from Baden ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writers:

Tom Stoppard (screenplay), Thomas Wiseman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenda Jackson ... Elizabeth
Michael Caine ... Lewis
Helmut Berger ... Thomas
Michael Lonsdale ... Swan (as Michel Lonsdale)
Béatrice Romand ... Catherine (as Beatrice Romand)
Kate Nelligan ... Isabel
Nathalie Delon ... Miranda
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Herman (as Rene Kolldehoff)
Anna Steele Anna Steele ... Annie
Marcus Richardson Marcus Richardson ... David
Julie Peasgood ... New Nanny
Frankie Jordan Frankie Jordan ... Supermarket Cashier
Tom Chatto ... Neighbour
Frances Tomelty Frances Tomelty ... Airport Shop Assistant
Lillias Walker ... 1st Mealticket Lady
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What is real and what is fiction? Faced with writer's block with his novel, Lewis Fielding turns to a film script about a woman finding herself after his wife Elizabeth returns from Baden Baden. She didn't quite find herself there but had a brief encounter in a lift with a German who says he is a poet. Now the German is in England, gets himself invited to tea where he claims he admires Fielding's books. Which one does he like the best? "Tom Jones." Amused at being confused with the other Fielding, the novelist works the German into the plot. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

26 November 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Inglesa Romântica See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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First cinematic film of Kate Nelligan. See more »

Quotes

Thomas: The Englishwoman was the most romantic. All she wanted was everything.
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The Romantic Englishwoman
13 September 2012 | by lasttimeisawSee all my reviews

My very first contact with Joseph Losey's canon is this film adapted from Thomas Wiseman's eponymous novel, the reason why I selected this one purely because of its cast, namely for Glenda Jackson, the two-times Oscar winner, whose work has eluded me until now, but the film itself turns out to be a very disappointing misfire.

Speaking of the cast, Glenda Jackson has her charismatic dignity in almost every scene although regularly shoehorned between Berger's perpetual snug grin and Caine's perpetual sullen stare, and eventually cannot save the film from the mire of a psychological drama swamped with behavioral absurdities and non-consistent narrative. The fierce-looking wife with a bob cut and perfectly trimmed fringes, who is discontent with her middle-class lifestyle (her writer husband has immersed into the writer's block when writing a film script and becomes paranoid about her adultery in her solo trip to Baden-Baden), tries her luck to elope with a self-claimed German poet (whose real identity is only hinted by smuggling small-time drugs and cruising of elderly lonely-hearts), whom she has met before in Baden- Baden, but is there a fling between them in their previous encounter? The film never answer the question, a corny exploit being overused here.

Richard Harley's lyrical string score has stolen the thunder since more often than not, I am very much a visual observer than a sonic perfectionist. Also I quite prefer the slowly panning camera in carefully constructing a hunter and prey game in the beginning part in Baden- Baden to the dreadful and ostentatious meandering in the labyrinth of feigned sentimentality, claiming inane quips like "Englishwoman is the most romantic" (Berger's German accent is a major buzz-killer), I hope someone else could be fortunate enough to fully digest all the hocus-pocus and be grateful towards this ill-fated film adaption.


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