Directed with style and punch by Ken Russell this is an episodic but challenging and holding pic. D.H. Lawrence’s pungent thoughts about love and marriage, and the attitudes of the two sexes toward them, are not highly original but are shrewdly put over.
Russell’s direction dominates the film, but he has the benefit of four excellent performances. The rough, tough coalmining area of the Midlands is effectively evoked.
The story is fragmentary. Two sisters are wooed and won by two men and the film concerns their relationship. One settles down to a marriage on happy but uneasy terms. The other, more questing, has an equally uneasy yet gleeful romance which ends in tragedy.
Glenda Jackson gives a vital performance with punch and intelligence. Jennie Linden, settles for married life with Alan Bates.
1970: Best Actress (Glenda Jackson).
Nominations: Best Director, Screenplay Adaptation, Cinematography