Sons and Lovers

A slack and superficial adaptation of Lawrence's novel. Laudably avoiding the temptation to sensationalise Paul Morel's amorous adventures, the film finds little else to stress, since these affairs take up an awful lot of screen time, while the character's inner conflicts (with his background, his mother etc) are left ill-defined and inconclusive. Great care has been taken with the period atmosphere (splendid camerawork by Freddie Francis), but the rather stiffly literary dialogue makes it all look like a series of animated Edwardian tableaux.

By: TM

Release details

Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jack Cardiff
Screenwriter: Gavin Lambert, TEB Clarke
Cast: Dean Stockwell
Trevor Howard
Wendy Hiller
Mary Ure
Heather Sears
Donald Pleasence
Ernest Thesiger
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