The French Lieutenant's Woman

The French Lieutenant's Woman

DVD - 2008
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When Mike and Anna, motion picture actors, play Charles and Sarah, an engaged young Victorian man and the cast-off mistress of a French lieutenant, they find their own relationship paralleling the roles that they play.
Publisher: [Santa Monica, Calif.] : MGM ; Beverly Hills, Calif. : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2008]
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama / Frenc 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Oct 23, 2016

In this story-within-a-story, I guess one really needs to be able to appreciate the screen charisma of Meryl Streep and one of her many accents to fully recognize the finer merits of this film.

Anyway - As the story goes - A scandalous romance between a soon-to-be-married gentleman and a tainted woman in Victorian England is contrasted with a contemporary love affair between the actor and actress who are playing these roles in a movie.

At first the juxtaposition between what's happening in the past and what's going on in the present is quite jarring and somewhat confused, but after a short while it actually becomes fairly engaging as the film quickly progresses along.

To be sure - 1981's "The French Lieutenants's Woman" is rich with elegant period detail. It was adapted for the screen from John Fowles' novel.

(Watch video-trailer*)

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voisjoe1_0
Oct 25, 2015

This newly restored Criterion Collection version has given me a new opportunity to see this film, which I first saw in the theatres in 1981. When it was released in 1981, everybody was talking about these newer highly acclaimed actors Meryl Street and Jeremy Irons. It is the story of two Hollywood actors making a new film and we actually get to see the personal lives of the actors and interspersed we get to see the film that they are making. And in one short scene, we get too see them as actors practicing some of the lines of the film they are making. In 1981, Irons played 11 straight weeks on Brideshead Revisited and in 1982 Streep would win an Oscar for her magnificent Portrayal of Sophie in Sophie’s Choice.

Adamrose36 Jul 07, 2014

Decent movie about two actors Jeremy Irons, and Meryl Streep. I didn't understand most of the movie it was hard to make out what they were saying at times. I wish this movie had an English Transcript which would of made the movie easier to understand. I get that it's a French film but sometimes English is nice if you don't speak much French since many don't in America. Most like 40-49% speak English I think If I'm not mistaken. The others are Spanish(25%), Italian(10%), Albanian(5%), and Hebrew(11%)? Making a total of 100%. 49+25+10+5+11=100.

nickqian Jul 07, 2014

hard to understand many parts without English transcript.

wooknight Jul 22, 2013

The metaphorical implications in the movie were amazing.The parallel stories as well as references between the stories was wonderful , it also has interesting message that just because you know something does not mean that you will always act on it

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jean2000
Nov 02, 2012

I enjoyed the movie, even if was complicated

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phyllis49
Mar 20, 2012

Encore

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joseph
Jan 06, 2010

Skip It - French Lieutenant's Woman, The (1981) 124 min. Dull, dull, dull, film about two actors, played by Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep, that seem to mirror the events in a story of a couple shown in 19th century with those of their own lives. Interesting concept but the dialogue is frightfully boring in every way. The film was nominated for acting (Streep), adapted screenplay, costume, editing and art direction.

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