Sons and Lovers (1960)


In a small English coal town, aspiring artist Paul Morel sets out to break free of the difficult mining life that has hardened his father, Walter, and killed his brother. His wishes appear to come true when local art lover Henry Hadlock offers to send him to art school in London. However, Paul’s deep love for his kind but possessive mother, Gertrude, threatens to keep him from abandoning his old life.

Director: Jack Cardiff.
Writers: D.H. Lawrence (novel), Gavin Lambert, T.E.B. Clarke.
Stars: Trevor Howard, Dean Stockwell, Wendy Hiller, Heather Sears, William Lucas, Mary Ure, Conrad Phillips, Ernest Thesiger, Donald Pleasence, Rosalie Crutchley, Sean Barrett, Elizabeth Begley, Edna Morris, Ruth Kettlewell, Anne Sheppard, Susan Travers, Rosalie Ashley, Dorothy Gordon, Vilma Ann Leslie, Anne Scott, Patsy Smart, Gwendolyn Watts, Philip Ray, Trevor Little, Sheila Bernette.

1960 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Palme d’Or.
1961 Academy Awards – Winner of an Oscar for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Freddie Francis).
1961 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture (Jerry Wald).
1961 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Trevor Howard).
1961 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Mary Ure).
1961 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Director (Jack Cardiff).
1961 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Gavin Lambert T.E.B. Clarke).
1961 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White (Thomas N. Morahan, Lionel Couch).
1961 Golden Globes – Winner Best Director.
1961 Golden Globes – Nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama.
1961 Golden Globes – Nominated for Best Actor – Drama (Trevor Howard).
1961 Golden Globes – Nominated for Best Actor – Drama (Dean Stockwell).
1961 Golden Globes – Nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Mary Ure).

English subtitles are available for this movie, to enable them on the video player click on the cogwheel, select the last option (субтитры), finally, choose between regular or SdH subtitles.


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    December 12, 2021

    Oh, yes! Love me some D H Lawrence! Beautiful rendition of this story even within the restrictive content constraints of the early 1960s. I don’t think there is one poorly cast character and the look of it is exactly right. Mary Ure is such a Beauty! Hiller and powerfully ‘Hadean’ Howard superbly mismatched and ill-married. And DEAN STOCKWELL. OK the accent is bizarre, but mother-loving early adulthood was never so elegantly nor tenderly played.. Love the unobtainable BBC 1981 7-parter with Karl Johnson and ‘rents Eileen Atkins & Tom Bell for its careful completeness. But this has B&W SOUL. Thank you, Jon You made my day!

  2. Bob Verini
    December 13, 2021

    Totally agree with Gregory — a most respectable and very interesting take on Lawrence; little known today and much disparaged by them as knows it. But the actimg and cinematography are first rate. Again, thanks Jon!

  3. Steve Burstein
    December 15, 2021

    This was famously parodied on Monty Python, where the FATHER was the artist and the SON the miner! “Hampstead wasn’t good enough for ya! Ya hadda go poncing off ta BARNSLEY!”

  4. January 6, 2024

    Dean Stockwell was really good in this his accent was also good

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