French Lieutenant’s Woman, The

Featured In Issue 199, September 2015

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Based on the novel by John Fowles, The French Lieutenant's Woman is a film being made of a story, set in 19th century England. Charles (Irons), a biologist, is engaged to be married but falls in love with outcast Sarah (Streep), whose reputation was ruined by an affair with a French lieutenant. Her melancholy nature makes her leave him after a short, passionate, and disastrous affair. Interestingly, in the story, Sarah and Charles are played by Anna and Mike (Streep &?Irons), and during the on-location film production they engage in a relationship that runs parallel to their characters. Based on John Fowles’ novel about Victorian sexual and social oppression. (Gary Reber)

Special features include an interview with the film scholar Ian Christie (SD 20:19), a 1981 episode of London Weekend Television's “The South Bank Show” (SD 51:32), the documentary Emotional Uncertainties (HD 30:54), an interview with composer Carl Davis (HD 21:13), and the trailer.