Extraño y atractivo filme sobre el amor en su versión más compleja. La historia de dos parejas que van a través de la voz (y el imaginario) masculino y se van creando conceptos, deseos, esperanzas y formas para amar. La amistad como otra modalidad del amar. "Women in love" es la mirada conflictiva de parejas orgullosas, restringidas u obstinadas. Russell tiene estilo cuando hace alegoría al deseo o la masculinidad.
Lawrence stripped down and dressed up. Russell provides strictly the bullet points with respect to the novel's characters and sexual ideology -- in fact, the former would serve little purpose except as a delivery system for the latter were it not for Russell's perhaps still greater fascination with stylistic effulgence and its concomitant erotic charge, culminating in a wrestling match in which beauty is the beast.
Outstanding direction and cinematography. Though I found some scenes a little outta place, the movie works fine as a whole. Also, its exploration of nudity, love and sexuality is incredibly audacious. The Bates/Reed naked wrestling scene is not only memorable, but one of the most homoerotic moments I have ever seen.
Flawless direction by Ken Russell. I found the intersecting lives of all four protagonists mesmerizing. Several scenes in the film stand out: From Glenda Jackson's taunting dance in front of a herd of cattle to the naked 'Gladiatorial' performed by Alan Bates and Oliver Reed. Even the enigmatic, open-ended expression on Jennie Linden's face at film's end. A sense of throbbing perversity permeates each frame.
Russell brings his trademark histrionic energy to infuse riveting life into what could easily have been another stodgy English costume drama. The principal cast is some of England's very best at their very best. A number of classic sequences, even if the final act does drag on a bit too long. Russell would go on to make even more powerful films, but this is perhaps the first time he worked to his full potential.