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The Romantic Englishwoman [Blu-ray]


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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 (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VF66UI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,884 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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

Customer Reviews

After the first few minutes, I decided that this movie was not my cup of tea.
Virginia V.
"The Romantic Englishwoman, (1975), a 125 minute romantic drama, is an oddity in more ways than one among British films.
Stephanie De Pue
It was so bad I fell asleep watching it,don't waste your time with this,life's too short.
Victoria B. Urtel

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gary Vidmar on June 26, 2011
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. S. Smith on June 17, 2007
Format: VHS Tape
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue VINE VOICE on July 21, 2012
Format: DVD
"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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Novak on November 1, 2013
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Michael Caine & Glenda Jackson in their prime. The story line was a bit far fetched and the ending was a head shake. A truly experimental 70's relationship film.
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By Diablo on July 3, 2014
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Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson; is there more that needs to be said?
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By Ant C on May 28, 2014
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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. Nice shots of Baden Baden though.
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By Dr René Codoni on November 16, 2013
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The Romantic Englishwoman (Joseph Losey, 1975, 115’).

>>>Caine plays a successful English novelist whose discontented wife, played by Jackson, decides to take a holiday to Germany in order to 'find herself'. There she meets an ambiguous young man, played by Berger, in an elevator, which initiates an often bizarre, but extremely mature examination of desire, responsibility and the nature of love. Wikipedia<<< While I gave the previous Losey review of Modesty Blaise the title Vitti Light, (Glenda) Jackson Light seems to fit this one, or then label both as Losey Lights! Michael Caine and Helmut Berger complete the actor’s trio, and Tom Stoppard and Thomas Wiseman provide a top screenplay. So a film full of heavies, from actors to screenplay, let alone Losey.

Glenda Jackson is the phenomenal actress as whom we know her; she can literally do anything well. Losey puts a seemingly lost Michael Caine at one and a seemingly knowledgeable Helmut Berger at the other end of her, and lets them spin their stories, as they both are story tellers anyway! They both, in their role, turn out below par, Glenda stays on top. And so does Losey!

255 - The Romantic Englishwoman (Joseph Losey, 1975, 115’) -Jackson light - 17/11/2013
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