Lady Chatterley’s Lover (3 stars)

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

(Fox DVD retail/rental)


In lieu of the release of Pascale Ferran’s masterful new French adaptation of DH Lawrence’s erotic tale (released at the end of this month) comes the dubious DVD release of this tawdry adaptation from 1981. Cobbled together by the same team who had delivered up the international phenomenon that was Emmanuelle seven years earlier, Lady Chatterley’s Lover is to all intents and purposes a softcore porn film. For a modern viewer this is fairly tame stuff but with long lost 70s and 80s matinee idols Shane Briant and Nicholas Clay taking the roles of Sir Clifford Chatterley and Oliver Mellors respectively and a very young Anthony Head sneaking around in the undergrowth this is full of perverse, incidental joys.

Vichy based pornographer/filmmaker Just Jaekin keeps things soft focused and titillating in that teasing way that is endemic to this once popular type of adaptation. Minimal extras.

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