Cinema: A Worthy Life

THE RAINBOW Directed by Ken Russell; Screenplay by Ken and Vivian Russell

There is a time in every young reader's life when the works of D.H. Lawrence strike with the force of revelation. His novels can leave you transformed (at least temporarily) by his visionary social criticism and his earnest reflections on the endless struggle for a transfiguring sexuality. Ken Russell's adaptation of The Rainbow is faithful not only to Lawrence's spirit but also to the naive idealism he was (one hopes still is) capable of animating in eager, youthful hearts.

The Rainbow is a coming-of-age story set in turn-of-the-century Britain,...

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