Official selection of the 1975 Cannes Film Festival.
A sly, sophisticated love story, THE ROMANTIC ENGLISHWOMAN is a "masterfully acted comedy" (San Francisco Examiner) that is a showcase for its two Oscar®-winning stars: Michael Caine (HANNAH AND HER SISTERS) and Glenda Jackson (WOMEN IN LOVE). Caine plays successful novelist Lewis Fielding, whose imagination spins ever-more elaborate scenarios of infidelity when his wife Elizabeth (Glenda Jackson) goes on a solo vacation to Baden Baden. When a young man she met there, Thomas (Helmut Berger), rings their home and shows up for tea, the couple's mutual jealousies explode to the surface. The line between Fielding's reality and his fantasies becomes blurred, breaking down altogether in the final act, when their lives turn into a suspense thriller featuring an enigmatic hit man and secret drug deals. With a sparklingly witty screenplay from Academy Award-winner Tom Stoppard (SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE) and Thomas Wiseman and an "elaborate visual style with glamorous and elegant settings" (Wall Street Journal) framed by director Joseph Losey (THE SERVANT), THE ROMANTIC ENGLISHWOMAN is a sparklingly intelligent, wildly entertaining ride.
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Good film, typical 1970's impossible romance, but well acted. Gad...what were people thinking in the '70's.
I love Glenda Jackson but not in this film.
Somewhat of a disappointment. The acting was good...but we never knew if they were going for farce or plain drama. The director seemed to strike a middle ground which left no one happy. Was very Edward Albee like in its dialogue and situations but never reached the passion one felt was inside these characters.
One of my fsvorite Joseph Losey films and one of my favorite Glenda Jackson movies. Screenplay co-written by Tom Stoppard...an adaptation of a British novel infidelity, jealousy, romance. A thriller that is also a "chick-flick". I wish they still made films like this today with story lines that appeal to both men and women over the age of thirty.
If you want to be intrigued by a film about a writer struggling with writing about a screenplay and getting reality confused with fiction, there are better choices.
Good to see these two in their prime. Interesting locations. Not a strong plot, but entertaining.
it is different