Priest of Love [DVD] [1981]

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Special Features

  • "The Way We Got It Together," a documentary on the making of the film
  • Interviews with Ian McKellen and Christopher Miles
  • Deleted scenes with director's commentary
  • Out-takes
  • Stills gallery


Priest of Love
The later years of the life of author D.H. Lawrence are dramatized in this screen biography. Following the controversial reception of his novel The Rainbow, David Herbert Lawrence (Ian McKellen) and his wife Frieda (Janet Suzman) leave England for the U.S., where they hope that Lawrence's bold themes will be received in a more tolerant climate. Such is not the case, and the Lawrences travel first to Mexico, and then to Italy while David attempts to complete and then publish his best known (and most controversial) work, Lady Chatterley's Lover. However, as the furor over the book taxes David's well being, tuberculosis saps his physical health. The supporting cast includes John Gielgud as censorship crusader Herbert G. Muskett and Ava Gardner as Mabel Dodge Luhan. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ian McKellen
    Ian McKellen - D.H. Lawrence
  • Janet Suzman
    Janet Suzman - Frieda Lawrence
  • Ava Gardner
    Ava Gardner - Mabel Dodge Luhan
  • Penelope Keith
    Penelope Keith - Dorothy Brett
  • Jorge Rivero
    Jorge Rivero - Tony Luhan

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