French Lieutenants Woman: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1981) / Region A
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French Lieutenants Woman: The Criterion Collection

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 cast in those roles and immersed in their own forbidden affair. Shot by the consummate cinematographer Freddie Francis and scored by the venerated composer and conductor Carl Davis, is a beguiling, intellectually nimble feat of filmmaking, starring a pair of legendary actors in early leading roles.

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  • Length
  • Rating R
  • Released:
  • Added Jul 10 2015
  • Production Year 1981
  • Empire SKU 1747915
  • UPC Code 715515154017
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL

Features

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
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Plus: An essay by film scholar Lucy Bolton

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color

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