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Women in Love (1969)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Women in Love (1969, UK)

In extravagant director Ken Russell's sexually explicit, landmark X-rated film, adapted from D.H. Lawrence's 1920 novel:

  • the scene of quiet, white-suited school master Rupert Birkin (Alan Bates) provocatively describing how to eat a fig during a picnic with free-spirited and artistic Gudrun Brangwen (Oscar-winning Best Actress Glenda Jackson) and her shy schoolteacher sister Ursula (Jennie Linden): (""The proper way to eat a fig in to split it in four...holding it by the stump...and open that it is a glittering, rosy, moist...honeyed, heavy-petaled, four-petaled flower. Then you throw away the skin...after you have taken off the blossom with your lips. But the vulgar just to put your mouth to the crack...and take out the flesh in one bite. The fig is a very secretive fruit. The Italians vulgarly say it stands for the female part, the fig fruit. The fissure, the yoni...the wonderful moist conductivity towards the center...")
  • the famous extended, homoerotic fight scene of nude male wrestling in the light of a roaring fireplace in a locked room between local mine owner Gerald Crich (Oliver Reed) and Rupert


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