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.
Did You Know?
Featuring in this filmed D.H. Lawrence
adaptation of director Ken Russell
was actress Glenda Jackson
who had starred in Russell's earlier Lawrence adaptation Women in Love
(1969) where Jackson had won the Best Actress Academy Award for her leading role in that earlier picture. Jackson was not present at the 1971 Oscars awards ceremony but actress Juliet Mills
accepted the statuette on her behalf. In The Rainbow
(1989), Jackson plays the mother of the character she played in Women in Love
(1969). See more
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