Lady Chatterley's Lover
Lawrence allegedly read the manuscript of Maurice by E. M. Forster, which was published posthumously in 1971. That novel, although it is about a homosexual couple, also involves a gamekeeper becoming the lover of a member of the upper classes and influenced Lady Chatterley's Lover.
Lady Chatterley's Lover
In 1976, the story was parodied by Morecambe and Wise on their BBC sketch show. A "play what Ernie wrote", The Handyman and M'Lady, was obviously based on it, with Michele Dotrice as the Lady Chatterley figure. Introducing it, Ernie explained that his play "concerns a rich, titled young lady who is deprived of love, caused by her husband falling into a combine harvester, which unfortunately makes him impudent".
Connie Reid (Emma Corrin) has a couple of love affairs under her belt when she marries Baronet Clifford Chatterley (Matthew Duckett), right before he heads off to fight in the Great War. Connie was raised in a modest slightly bohemian family, so becoming "Lady Chatterley" is a huge change. She is removed from London, from her sister Hilda (Faye Marsay), to live in the massive Chatterley estate. When Clifford returns home from the war, he is paralyzed from the waist down and needs full-time care. Connie loves him and does her best. However, she's a young woman with an impotent husband who shows no interest in getting creative about sexual pleasure. He wants an heir though, so he suggests she take on a lover, not for pleasure, of course, but for impregnation. Connie is devastated. She's aching for affection and touch. Then she gets a glimpse of Oliver Mellors, the gamekeeper (Jack O'Connell). And with barely half a dozen words spoken between them, they hook up. He is not the aggressor or initiator. She is. He is more conscious of the class difference than she is. He calls her "m'lady" in a tone of deep respect and has a hard time dropping it after they've been intimate. Class awareness is engrained in him.
With a screenplay by David Magee ("Finding Neverland," "Life of Pi"), "Lady Chatterley's Lover" takes its time with all this. The lovers may have sex almost immediately, but after that, they're on a path of discovery. Sex isn't just sex, and this is one of the main accomplishments of Clermont-Tonnerre's sensitive and even delicate approach, as well as the openness of Corrin and O'Connell. We live in a moment where grownup sex has practically vanished from the silver screen. There was a big Twitter "discussion" once about sex scenes, and several people agreed that sex scenes were only okay "if they advance the plot." That should come as a surprise to "Don't Look Now." Human beings don't have sex to advance the plot. Sex is a big part of many people's lives. In "Lady Chatterley's Lover," the sex is not generic. It is specific to these two people, and the specificity makes it erotic. You don't realize how rare something like this is until you see it done well.
Both Corrin and O'Connell are marvelous here. Connie and Oliver have been struggling underwater all their lives, and they didn't even realize it until they met. Now that they've met, they can finally breathe. The way Corrin and O'Connell slowly open up to each other, you can see the relationship deepening under their feet with every moment. This requires such openness and accessibility on the actors' parts. Something like "Lady Chatterley's" Lover requires the audience to be on the lovers' side, even if what the lovers are doing is wrong. If it's a doomed love, like Ilsa's and Rick's in "Casablanca," you have to "buy in" to their connection, and weep when it cannot be. In "Lady Chatterley's Lover," ugly gossip starts to spread, and it's painful to think of Connie and Oliver's Eden being spoiled. This is due almost entirely to Corrin and O'Connell's breathtaking open work with one another.
Check out this quote: "I can't see I do a woman any more harm by sleeping with her than by dancing with her.....or even talking to her about the weather."......and that's just one example, but worst of all......the one exclamation that really stands out......is lover #1's exasperating ranting and raving about Lady C's prolonged mode of sexual exertions that inconvenienced him. Oh. My. God!
First published privately in 1928, D.H. Lawrence's novel about an upper class woman who takes a gamekeeper for her lover after her husband becomes partially paralyzed is one of the most controversial books of all time.
Parents need to know that Lady Chatterley's Lover is a romantic drama -- based on D.H. Lawrence's classic novel -- that features plenty of sex and nudity. It stars Emma Corrin as the aristocratic Connie Reid and Jack O'Connell as her gamekeeper Oliver Mellors, who becomes her lover. There are numerous graphic sex scenes with both lead characters seen fully nude -- including full frontal when dancing in the rain. One sex scene between the couple is quite rough and degrading to Connie, but she encourages it. That sets the tone for a film that explores female desire, at a time when it simply wasn't explored. Connie is strong-willed and courageous, whereas her husband, Clifford Chatterley (Matthew Duckett), represents an old-fashioned man in that world. As such, she feels trapped when with him, which in part leads Connie to her affair. Despite their different social standings, Connie and Oliver risk everything to be with one another with the positive message being that true love will prevail. There is swearing in the film with a few uses of the word "f--k."
Connie journeys from Venice back to London. By this time, both her father and sister are aware of her relationship with Mellors, and both are unhappy and unsupportive. They believe Connie has a right to happiness, sexual pleasure, and the possibility of having a child, but they do not like her having a relationship with a working-class man. In London, Connie and her family propose that when Connie asks for a divorce, she names a different man as her lover (not Mellors). They believe it will be easier for Connie and Mellors to obtain their respective divorces if their relationship is not known. Connie asks Clifford for a divorce, claiming that she has fallen in love with a man named Duncan.
The elements of Lawrence's story, despite a shift in time from after World War One to the present, are still pretty much intact. Lady Chatterley, the heroine of the story, still takes a lover upon the urging of her husband, Sir Clifford Chatterley, whose injury in the war prevents him from begetting the heir he desperately wants. But the lover turns out not to be of Sir Clifford's liking--he is the gamekeeper on the Chatterley estate. The affair, the audience is told with great care, teaches Lady Chatterley that the only possible union between two human souls and the only possible love is sensual, and at the end she leaves her husband to marry the gamekeeper.
With a cast led by the brilliant Emma Corrin (The Crown) and This Is England's Jack O'Connell, the reaction is perhaps unsurprising. The first-look images of the pair in the roles of Lady Chatterley and her lover offered further proof that this adaptation will be well worth a watch.
They are joined in the cast by acclaimed theatre actor Matthew Duckett, who plays Lady Chatterley's wheelchair-bound husband Clifford, and This Is England, Godless and The North Water star Jack O'Connell as Oliver Mellors, their estate's gamekeeper and Lady Chatterley's titular lover. 041b061a72