The French Lieutenant's Woman

The French Lieutenant's Woman

DVD - 2015
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A parallel narrative of a Victorian-era gentleman and the social outcast he risks everything to love, and of the contemporary actors cast in those roles and immersed in their own forbidden affair.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2015]
ISBN: 9781681430331
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
2 videodiscs (123 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jan 04, 2018

The French Lieutenant's Woman keeps going back & forth in time between two different affairs concerning different people. One affair occurs over 100 years ago & the other affair in modern times. I can't follow this going back & forth in time.

Oct 23, 2016

In this story-within-a-story, I guess one really needs to be able to appreciate the screen charisma of Meryl Streep and one of her many accents to fully recognize the finer merits of this film.

Anyway - As the story goes - A scandalous romance between a soon-to-be-married gentleman and a tainted woman in Victorian England is contrasted with a contemporary love affair between the actor and actress who are playing these roles in a movie.

At first the juxtaposition between what's happening in the past and what's going on in the present is quite jarring and somewhat confused, but after a short while it actually becomes fairly engaging as the film quickly progresses along.

To be sure - 1981's "The French Lieutenants's Woman" is rich with elegant period detail. It was adapted for the screen from John Fowles' novel.

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Oct 25, 2015

This newly restored Criterion Collection version has given me a new opportunity to see this film, which I first saw in the theatres in 1981. When it was released in 1981, everybody was talking about these newer highly acclaimed actors Meryl Street and Jeremy Irons. It is the story of two Hollywood actors making a new film and we actually get to see the personal lives of the actors and interspersed we get to see the film that they are making. And in one short scene, we get too see them as actors practicing some of the lines of the film they are making. In 1981, Irons played 11 straight weeks on Brideshead Revisited and in 1982 Streep would win an Oscar for her magnificent Portrayal of Sophie in Sophie’s Choice.

Adamrose36 Jul 07, 2014

Decent movie about two actors Jeremy Irons, and Meryl Streep. I didn't understand most of the movie it was hard to make out what they were saying at times. I wish this movie had an English Transcript which would of made the movie easier to understand. I get that it's a French film but sometimes English is nice if you don't speak much French since many don't in America. Most like 40-49% speak English I think If I'm not mistaken. The others are Spanish(25%), Italian(10%), Albanian(5%), and Hebrew(11%)? Making a total of 100%. 49+25+10+5+11=100.

nickqian Jul 07, 2014

hard to understand many parts without English transcript.

wooknight Jul 22, 2013

The metaphorical implications in the movie were amazing.The parallel stories as well as references between the stories was wonderful , it also has interesting message that just because you know something does not mean that you will always act on it

Nov 02, 2012

I enjoyed the movie, even if was complicated

Mar 20, 2012


Jan 06, 2010

Skip It - French Lieutenant's Woman, The (1981) 124 min. Dull, dull, dull, film about two actors, played by Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep, that seem to mirror the events in a story of a couple shown in 19th century with those of their own lives. Interesting concept but the dialogue is frightfully boring in every way. The film was nominated for acting (Streep), adapted screenplay, costume, editing and art direction.


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