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The Romantic Englishwoman [Blu-ray]

2.6 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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From Academy Award Winning screenwriter Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Brazil, Empire of the Sun), The Romantic Englishwoman credibly explores the notion that a writer can manipulate the people in his life as deftly as he can manipulate the characters in his imagination.

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!

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One of The Top 10 Films of 1975. --Dave Kerr, The Chicago Reader

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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson, Kate Nelligan, Helmut Berger, Michael Lonsdale
  • Directors: Joseph Losey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2011
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VF66UI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,362 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray
Kino offers up a fine looking blu-ray version of this 1975 flop by ex-patriate American director Joseph Losey. Based on the book by Thomas Wiseman, the story concerns the link between a writer's paranoid fantasies about the actual discontentment of his spouse. Wiseman wrote the script, which was finalized by Tom Stoppard, who seems to have added some necessary humor to the art-imitates-life theme explored. It is hard to accept Caine and Jackson as ever being in love, but it is great to watch their marriage deteriote as the psychosexual gameplan unfolds. Helmut Berger, as the final member of the menage, does his usual, efficient gigolo bit, but is too humorless to be an effective catalyst. Still, the film does succeed in merging imagination, memory and reality into an intriguing concept of romantic and sexual tension; best of all is the fresh, mean-spirited attitude the film has towards the bourgeoisie household. Inspite of being an overall non-success in its time, a sophisticated love story like this is hard to find these days, so this blu-ray is definitely worth checking out.
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"The Romantic Englishwoman, (1975), a 125 minute romantic drama, is an oddity in more ways than one among British films. It is packed with stars of the time before and behind the camera, and yet has become obscure to the point that it is only now being released on DVD. And released without subtitles, a penny-wise pound-foolish economy for a movie that has a presumably witty script by Oscar award winning screenwriter/playwright Tom Stoppard ( SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, BRAZIL, EMPIRE OF THE SUN), who was hot hot hot at the time. But of course, my husband and I, though we were able to follow the main lines of the script easily enough, missed the entire dialog.

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.
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When Elizabeth and Lewis Fielding's marriage shifts from perfect into boring, Elizabeth decides leave her comfortable home and travel abroad. Suddenly overcome with jealousy, Lewis imagines his wife in a myriad of sordid situations, She returns to an atmosphere of tension and mistrust deepens when Thomas, a young German hustler whom Elizabeth met in Baden-Baden, comes into their lives. As a perverse experiment, Lewis decides to take Thomas on as a houseguest. But when his wife starts falling in love with the gigolo, Lewis realizes that his plans may have backfired.

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
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I have watched this movie more than once, and always enjoyed it. Writers who mine their personal lives for material are asking for trouble--and Michael Caine, a successful novelist, does more than that--he provokes his friends and family and finally goes too far in inviting a young poet into his home and throwing him together with his wife, played by Glenda Jackson. That the young poet (Helmut Berger) is actually a drug carrier in trouble with his bosses leads to disaster; that he and Jackson have actually done the physical act, whatever their intentions, proves that intimacy is a yoke that once assumed is impossible to discard. It's a glamorous film, a comedy-drama, with attractive actors (even in minor roles), and totally believable. I dare you to see it only once!
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I have been a long time fan of both Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson. The title caught my eye and imagination. Both Caine and Jackson delivered good performances. However, the plot was slow and left me puzzled at times as to where the story line was going. As the movie progressed, I found myself becoming less and less involved with the characters. Unfortunately, this movie disappointed me, and I gave up before the end.
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