The Romantic Englishwoman [Blu-ray]
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The title character Elizabeth, (Two-time Academy Award Winner, Glenda Jackson, Hopscotch, Sunday Bloody Sunday) is the wife of Lewis (Two-time Academy Award Winner, Michael Caine, The Dark Knight, Hannah and Her Sisters), a novelist. At this point in his life, Lewis thinks in nothing but literary terms: Elizabeth is vacationing in Europe alone, ergo she must be having an affair. Half out of frustration, she confirms her husband's suspicions by romancing German drug dealer Thomas (Helmut Berger, The Godfather III, Iron). Things get even dicier when Lewis invites Thomas into his home, requesting his technical advice on a screenplay he is working on. Also starring Academy Award Nominee Kate Nelligan (The Prince of Tides, Premonition) and Michael Lonsdale (Of Gods and Men, Ronin). First time ever on Blu-ray!
Top Customer Reviews
The film, which comes with a reputation for being incomprehensible anyway, as it is one of those once so popular explorations of `what is reality and what is fantasy,' is known in some quarters as LAST YEAR AT BADEN BADEN, a play on Alain Resnais's film LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, another film about a spa that's similarly incomprehensible to many (including moi). It was directed by the American Joseph Losey (THE SERVANT, THE GO-BETWEEN, MONSIEUR KLEIN), similarly hot hot hot at the time. (He had exiled himself to the United Kingdom, as he had been blacklisted for his Communist affiliations by Hollywood during the regrettable McCarthy years).
At this point the film may be best known as an obscure entry in the catalog of its two-time Oscar-winning star, Michael Caine (The Dark Knight, Hannah and Her Sisters). He plays Lewis Fielding, middle-aged novelist with writers block.Read more ›
Stars: Glenda Jackson, Michael Caine, Helmut Berger, Kate Nelligan, Marcus RIchardson, Michel Lonsdale, Nathalie Delon. Director: Joseph Losey. Writing credits: Tom Stoppard, Thomas Wiseman (also novel). 1975, Rated R, 117 minutes.
Glistening, witty and ironic...a pleasure to watch - Los Angeles Times
A film of feeling, tact and intelligence - New York Times
A very pleasant experience for a sophisticated audience...Sparkling performances in a story that moves with deliberat charm...- Long Island Press
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting comment on being a housewife and how little husbands understand.Published 9 months ago by Turquoise
Glenda Jackson was fantastic and Michael Caine was good. Helmut Berger was good too, but his character was a bit sleazy. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Truthgirl
The film quality was not the best, but we put it down to bad storage of the original film. Thought that the acting was stilted, really weird chemistry as well. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ant C