Lady Chatterley 1 Season 1993

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Season 1
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1. Episode 1 TV-NR

Sir Clifford Chatterley returns to his family estate after having been paralyzed in World War I. Desiring an heir, he urges Connie, his beautiful wife, to take a lover, but she demurs. Connie hires a professional nurse for Clifford, and Mrs. Bolton soon establishes complete mastery over her patient and the household. Later, Connie meets the estate's gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors.

Starring:
Joely Richardson, Sean Bean
Runtime:
52 minutes
Original air date:
June 6, 1993

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Joely Richardson was very much the lady.
Barbara J. Jordan
I just kept thinking it would get better so I hung in until the end.
Dexdar
The acting was great and the location of the filming is beautiful.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 12, 2011
This 1992 adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover" is my favorite of the three adaptations I've watched [the other two being the 1981 version starring Sylvia Kristel in the lead, and the 2006 French version with Marina Hands]. This Amazon Instant video is sold per episode.

For those unfamiliar with the story, the central character Lady Chatterley [played with consummate skill by Joely Richardson] is a sexually-frustrated wife to Lord Clifford Chatterley [James Wilby], a WW I paralyzed vet. Typical of upper class Brits and the landed gentry, Chatterley is concerned about providing an heir for his estate and suggests his wife takes a lover. Contrary to his expectations that Lady Chatterley will take up with a 'suitable' man, i.e. preferably titled, she goes for the well-built gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors [Sean Bean] and the pair begin a torrid affair that crosses the boundaries of class and all that is socially acceptable at the time.

The chemistry between Richardson's Lady Chatterley and Bean's Mellors is the highlight of this movie. The pair truly sizzle on-screen, and though Lawrence's novel was not merely a bodice-ripping read, but a serious attempt at portraying social themes, such as class boundaries etc, the passion is central to the main character's development. This was credibly portrayed on-screen as viewers get to see the evolution of Lady Chatterley as her burgeoning sexuality transforms her on the outside as much as it does internally, both emotionally and physically.

The sex scenes are graphic, but tastefully done. The cinematography is simply beautiful. I'd rate this as my favorite screen adaptation of "Lady Chatterley's Lover" and recommend it to those who are fans of British period dramas, Brit Lit adaptations, as well as fans of romance dramas.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mary B. on January 3, 2013
One cannot watch this and explode into moral judgment. Just watch it for the story that it is. Now as I write this, I'll warn everyone that lovely Joely Richardson is completely naked several times, even though her character is well acted and convincing. It also contains sex scenes, which embarrass me, but I can look away. At first I was put off with the brash treatment by her lover, Sean Bean, but relieved to see him grow to love her. So, here I am cheering for two lovers defying moral norms of the time, yet her husband does too. He knows himself to be of a higher class in society who cannot recognize human worth and dignity in the lower classes, nor his own wife. He asks her the unthinkable to satisfy his own selfish desires. The nurse hired to help him and his wife adds a lot to the story. She is dutiful to him, yet her loyalty remains with his wife. Aside from all this, just viewing the beautiful English country side with enormous trees and lush grasses is worth watching in itself. I can see and smell the woods, the air and the rain. As for that mansion they live in, it too, is a feast for the eyes with all those rooms of richly carved wood, sky high ceilings and fine furnishings. And though I never cared much for the clothing of that era, Joely makes them look like fashions I'd like to wear today. As the story comes to a close, I'm apprehensive it won't end well, but for me it does.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J. Jordan on August 12, 2013
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This is the third presentation of Lady Chatterley that I have seen. I enjoyed all three, especially Sean Bean. He is a delight to watch. Joely Richardson was very much the lady. And the scenery was beautiful. I even learned a bit about pheasants and Game
Keepers. I thought the storey line was much better than first thought. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raphael V. on November 6, 2012
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The classic tale of class strife is well presented in this BBC movie. Acting, particularly by Jole Richarsdson, is excellent. Very nice period touches. The book was considered shocking when released but today this movie seems quite tame. Since, it's a mini-series, it's rather long but never drags. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill H. on April 20, 2013
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Take a classic novel (in multiple versions), a couple of actors with the dramatic chops of Sean Bean and Joely Richardson, combine them with an award-winning director, and it's not unreasonable to expect excellence. But it's far from a masterpiece. The scenery is certainly delightful, the four-episode structure allows a more detailed telling of the classic love story, but it's undone by several flaws.
- The music is truly awful - it seems to try to create melodrama but fails, and also misses the opportunity to become part of the story.
- The representation of the English upper classes borders on ridiculous, with everyone overacting, although Ms. Richardsom does a better job than the others. It seemed that Mr. Russell was making some kind of negative class statement by making them caricatures, because I'm sure they are all better actors.
- Sean Bean is lovely to look at and of course has his "bit of rough" persona coming through, but it's difficult to accept that a gamekeeper would be as skinny and unblemished as he is. Gamekeepers do more than nurture little fluffy chicks. I felt that Nicholas Clay played the part better in the 80s version..
Maybe it's time for another remake - maybe Keira Knightley as Connie, and Christian Bale or Michael Fassbender as Mellors..
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