Priest of Love

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Released 1977

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    In his first starring role, Sir Ian McKellen gives a sensational performance as D.H. Lawrence, working alongside Hollywood legend Ava Gardner and director Christopher Miles. McKellen shows Lawrence in all his rebellious grandeur, thumbing his nose at authority while still managing to write masterpieces. The film begins with the English government burning copies of The Rainbow, and continues through his exodus around the world, joined by his combative wife Frieda (Janet Suzman). From his destructive sojourn to the American Southwest, to an earth-shaking visit to Oaxaca, and finishing with his erotic adventures in Italy, Priest of Love provides a colorful and insightful portrait of Lawrence¹s life and art. He had one last great shock left in him, though, and the film closes with the publication of Lady Chatterley¹s Lover, and the uproar that greeted its sexually explicit prose ­ Lawrence¹s last great statement of rebellion before he succumbed to tuberculosis in 1930. Priest of Love provides a beautifully shot portrait of one of the great artists of the 20th century.moreless