The Rainbow
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Director Ken Russell returns to the D.H. Lawrence territory that had earlier served him well in Women in Love. Sammi Davis plays Lawrence's Welsh heroine Ursula Brangwen, daughter of a wealthy mine owner, who is first seen as a child given to literally chasing rainbows. Disappointed that she can never have the real thing, the older Davis seeks out figurative rainbows in the form of sexual fulfillment. Neither heterosexual nor homosexual affairs fully satisfy Davis, because no one lover can match the "ideal" the girl has created in her imagination. Davis' disappointment in the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A very good, visually stunning film with undeniable flashes of genius. Looked at as a series of scenes it's perhaps as good as anything he ever made."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Very fine Ken Russell film marred by an irritating lead performance"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Over-simplified, lackluster and cliche-ridden coming-of-age romantic drama that's based on the 1915 novel by D. H. Lawrence."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Captivating as an ode to individualism."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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