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The Romantic Englishwoman (1975)

What is real and what is fiction? Faced with writer's block with his novel, Lewis Fielding turns to a movie script about a woman finding herself after his wife Elizabeth returns from Baden ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writers:

Tom Stoppard (screenplay), Thomas Wiseman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenda Jackson ... Elizabeth
Michael Caine ... Lewis
Helmut Berger ... Thomas
Michael Lonsdale ... Swan (as Michel Lonsdale)
Béatrice Romand ... Catherine (as Beatrice Romand)
Kate Nelligan ... Isabel
Nathalie Delon ... Miranda
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Herman (as Rene Kolldehoff)
Anna Steele Anna Steele ... Annie
Marcus Richardson Marcus Richardson ... David
Julie Peasgood ... New Nanny
Frankie Jordan Frankie Jordan ... Supermarket Cashier
Tom Chatto ... Neighbour
Frances Tomelty ... Airport Shop Assistant
Lillias Walker ... 1st Mealticket Lady
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Storyline

What is real and what is fiction? Faced with writer's block with his novel, Lewis Fielding turns to a movie script about a woman finding herself after his wife Elizabeth returns from Baden Baden. She didn't quite find herself there, but had a brief encounter in an elevator with a German who says he is a poet. Now the German is in England, gets himself invited to tea where he claims he admires Fielding's books. Which one does he like the best? "Tom Jones". Amused at being confused with the other Fielding, the novelist works the German into the plot. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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UK | France

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

26 November 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Inglesa Romântica See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Caine confessed in his biography that he did not like love scenes after lunch when the leading lady had eaten garlic salad. See more »

Quotes

Lewis: It's about this ungrateful woman who is married to this man of great charm, brilliance, and integrity. She thinks he won't let her be herself, and she feels stuck in a straightjacket when she ought to be out and about and taking the waters and finding herself. So one day, she ups and goes and finds herself out of her depth, but the husband comes and saves her, and then she realizes that he's really a wonderful chap.
Elizabeth: Does he play cricket for England too?
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Glenda walks off with the movie
24 May 2018 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

It may be regarded as minor Losey but it's by no means dismissable and is set once again amongst the Upper Crust and the Hoi Polloi. "The Romantic Englishwoman" of the title is Glenda Jackson, (superb as always), married to novelist Michael Caine, (not at his best here). She's bored by the life she is leading which is no life at all really and he's got writer's block and has turned to writing for the cinema. It begins in Baden Baden where she's gone 'to find herself' and where she meets cocaine smuggling gigolo Helmut Berger, (much too prissy to be a convincing love interest). When she returns to England Berger follows her, landing on her doorstep where Caine welcomes him with open arms planning to make him a character in the film he is writing.

It was adapted by Thomas Wiseman and Tom Stoppard from a novel by Wiseman and there is nice streak of dark, and at times very funny, humour running through it though you would be hard pressed to call it a comedy. It wasn't well received when it came out and hasn't been much seen since. Ultimately it's Glenda's film reminding us just how good an actress she could be in a well-written role, here making mincemeat of her co-stars.


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