Stealing Heaven

This handsome historical pageant attempts to tell the 'true story' behind one of history's most famous romances, that of 12th-century French philosopher Pierre Abelard and his beloved Heloise which has survived through the ages in the exchange of letters between them, each of them shut off from the world in another convent.

With:
Derek de Lint Kim Thomson Denholm Elliott Bernard Hepton Kenneth Cranham Rachel Kempson

This handsome historical pageant attempts to tell the ‘true story’ behind one of history’s most famous romances, that of 12th-century French philosopher Pierre Abelard and his beloved Heloise which has survived through the ages in the exchange of letters between them, each of them shut off from the world in another convent.

Chris Bryant’s script, based on Marion Meade’s novel, pushes toward a sharp and witty, anticlerical, feminist tract. Abelard shuns emotional commitments as dangerous to his intellectual capacities. Fulbert, Heloise’s uncle, is a mercenary bigot who looks for the best deal on his niece; and Heloise is the smart, intelligent and unconventional girl with the courage to assume responsibility for her feelings.

Stealing Heaven

UK - Yugoslavia

Production: Amy/Jadran. Director Clive Donner; Producer Simon MacCorkindale, Andros Epaminondas; Screenplay Chris Bryant; Camera Mikael Salomon; Editor Michael Ellis; Music Nick Bicat; Art Director Voytek

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 110 MIN.

With: Derek de Lint Kim Thomson Denholm Elliott Bernard Hepton Kenneth Cranham Rachel Kempson

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