Oliver Reed Week! kicks off at Trailers from Hell with director Dan Ireland introducing “Women in Love,” Ken Russell’s third theatrical feature film and only work to be Oscar nominated.
Oliver Reed (who was once considered to replace Sean Connery
as James Bond) had already played Debussy and Rossetti for director Ken Russell
in a couple of his BBC biopics, and went on to topline his greatest film, The
Devils. The director’s usual flamboyance is somewhat muted in his third
theatrical feature, resulting in his only Oscar nomination. Larry Kramer’s
smart adaptation, coinciding with the sexual revolution and bohemian politics
of the late sixties, utilizes much of D.H. Lawrence’s original dialog.