The French Lieutenant’s Woman The French Lieutenant’s Woman

The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Karel Reisz

 
The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1981
  • 123 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #768

An astounding array of talent came together for the big-screen adaptation of John Fowles’s novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman, a postmodern masterpiece that had been considered unfilmable. With an ingenious script by the Nobel Prize–winning playwright Harold Pinter, British New Wave trailblazer Karel Reisz transforms Fowles’s tale of scandalous romance into an arresting, hugely entertaining movie about cinema. In Pinter’s reimagining, Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep star in parallel narratives, as a Victorian-era gentleman and the social outcast he risks everything to love, and as the contemporary actors playing those roles in a film production, and immersed in their own forbidden affair. Shot by the consummate cinematographer Freddie Francis and scored by the venerated composer and conductor Carl Davis, this is a beguiling, intellectually nimble feat of filmmaking, starring a pair of legendary actors in early leading roles.

Cast

Sarah/AnnaMeryl Streep
Charles/MikeJeremy Irons
SamHilton McRae
MaryEmily Morgan
Mrs. TranterCharlotte Mitchell
ErnestinaLynsey Baxter
CookJean Faulds
Mr. FreemanPeter Vaughan
VicarColin Jeavons
Mrs. FairleyLiz Smith
Mrs. PoulteneyPatience Collier
DairymanJohn Barrett
Dr. GroganLeo McKern

Credits

DirectorKarel Reisz
Produced byLeon Clore
ScreenplayHarold Pinter
Based on the book byJohn Fowles
Director of photographyFreddie Francis
EditorJohn Bloom
MusicCarl Davis
Production designerAssheton Gordon
Associate producersTom Maschler and Geoffrey Helman
Costume designerTom Rand

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interviews with actors Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep, editor John Bloom, and composer Carl Davis
  • New interview with film scholar Ian Christie
  • Episode of The South Bank Show from 1981 featuring director Karel Reisz, novelist John Fowles, and screenwriter Harold Pinter
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Lucy Bolton

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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The French Lieutenant’s Woman: A Room of Her Own

By Lucy Bolton August 12, 2015

Director Karel Reisz and writer Harold Pinter’s brilliant adaptation of John Fowles’s novel focuses on the experiences of women in two radically different eras. Read more »

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April 22, 2016

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Film Essays

French_lt_thumbnail

The French Lieutenant’s Woman: A Room of Her Own

By Lucy Bolton August 12, 2015

Director Karel Reisz and writer Harold Pinter’s brilliant adaptation of John Fowles’s novel focuses on the experiences of women in two radically different eras. Read more »


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