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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
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 »
The Wild and Weird World of Ken Russell: D.H. Lawrence Victorian romance.
The Rainbow (1989) was a film Ken Russell made based upon the writings of the legendary Victorian era author D.H. Lawrence, but with a Ken Russell twist. The story is a bout a young woman (Sammi Davis) who wants to live her life but she has to do it during the repressive Victorian age of England. But she meets a mentor (Amanda Donohoe) who shows her the many ways she can escape her button up lifestyle (if only for a few hours at a time). At many times it feels like a stuffy D.H. Lawrence novel (with the occasional highly charged eroticism). Ken Russell gets the chance to show the beauty of Amanda and Sammi in various stages. Too bad it was never released in the United States on D.V.D. If you love Victorian romance films, D.H. Lawrence or the films of Ken Russell then you appreciate more than the average viewer.
Recommended for Ken Russell fans.
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