The French lieutenant's woman

Published 2015
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John Fowles' original novel The French Lieutenant's Woman was distinguished by a literary technique that involved telling a story of Victorian sexual and social oppression within the bounds of a 1970s viewpoint. How does one convey this time-frame dichotomy on film? The decision made by director Karel Reisz and Harold Pinter was to frame Fowles' basic plot within a "modern" context of their own making. While we watch as Sarah (Meryl Streep), a 19th-century Englishwoman ruined by an affair with a French lieutenant, enters into another disastrous relationship with principled young Charles (Jeremy Irons), we are constantly made aware that what we're seeing is only a film. This is done by surrounding the story with a modern narrative, focusing on a movie production company which is on location--filming The French Lieutenant's Woman. Meryl Streep doubles in the role of Sara and the American actress who plays her, while Jeremy Irons essays the dual role of Charles and the handsome Briton playing Charles. Likewise, everyone else in the cast is seen as "themselves" and as their French Lieutenant's Woman characters.

Special edition.
2 videodiscs (123 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches.
digital optical surround Dolby Digital monaural
video file DVD video region 1
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Canadian Home Video Rating: NR.
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French lieutenant's woman (Motion picture) [DVD].
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Originally released as a motion picture in 1981.
Based on the novel by John Fowles.
Special features: New introduction with actors Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep, editor John Bloom, and composer Carl Davis; Episode of "The South Bank Show" for 1981 featuring director Karel Reisz, novelist John Fowles, and screenwriter Harold Pinter; trailer; Plus an essay by film scholar Lucy Bolton.
Music composer, Carl Davis.
Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Leo McKern.
DVD ; widescreen presentation ; Dolby Digital monaural.
For private home use only.
In English, with optional English subtitles.
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
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