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The Fox (1967)

R | | Drama | 7 February 1968 (USA)
Based on D.H. Lawrence's novella about two young women - sickly, chattering Jill Banford and quiet, strong Ellen March - who are trying, hopelessly, to run a chicken farm in Canada. A ... See full summary »

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Based on D.H. Lawrence's novella about two young women - sickly, chattering Jill Banford and quiet, strong Ellen March - who are trying, hopelessly, to run a chicken farm in Canada. A gentle but powerful man named Paul Renfield who used to live on their farm returns and puts things in order. But his proposal of marriage to Ellen awakens the homosexuality dormant in the girls: Jill uses her weakness to make Ellen feel protective, and the women become active lovers. Written by alfiehitchie

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Ellen didn't know who she was or what she was...with Jill she was one thing...with Paul another. See more »

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At one stage, Vivien Leigh, Patricia Neal and Alan Bates were in the running for the leads. See more »

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When Jill goes outside in the morning carrying a metal bucket, she calls out "come on ducks", but it is geese that appear coming out of the shed. See more »

Quotes

Paul Renfield: Maybe you need a man around the place... make things more efficient.
Ellen March: It isn't a question of efficiency. We just don't believe in working that hard.
Paul Renfield: Why did you start?
Jill Banford: Oh... um... The good life, independence, and that sort of thing...
Paul Renfield: Tell me. Have you ever tried talking to them?
Jill Banford: To...?
Paul Renfield: The chickens. Grandpa did it all the time. He used to go out there and he'd have a real heart-to-heart with them about how they weren't doing well by him, and how he's spending good money for feed. And the next ...
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That Night
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Sally Stevens
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A film ahead of its time in handling lesbian issues
11 June 2005 | by (Virginia, United States) – See all my reviews

"The Fox" is a rare cinematic gem that deserves to be appreciated by a wider audience today. At the very least, it needs to be released on DVD. I saw it in a theater when it first came out, and several times again when it was shown on the Bravo cable channel. I have read the book and feel this adaptation into a contemporary setting is without blemish. Production standards and acting quality are very high. The photography and musical score are excellent. Never did the Canadian winter wilderness seem so romantic.

Some have complained that this film is supposedly dated because of some alleged Hollywood idea in the 1960's that lesbianism should be frowned upon or seen as something that happens only when male partners are not available. That is simply not the case. The film follows the book. This is an intelligent, subtle, and very adult study of human sexuality. There is nothing cheap or tawdry about this picture. D. H. Lawrence had incredible intuitive observations into the motivations and desires of his characters' sexual lives. It is high class all the way.

The three talented lead actors (Sandy Dennis, Anne Heywood, Keir Dullea) can be very proud of their work in this "high-brow" art film. Highly recommended for everyone, not just gay audiences.


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