Lady Chatterley's Lover



Lady Chatterley's Lover has been re-imagined as a love triangle set in contemporary Silicon Valley, California in the novel Miss Chatterley by Logan Belle (the pseudonym for American author Jamie Brenner) published by Pocket Star/Simon & Schuster, May 2013.[23]

Film and television

Lady Chatterley's Lover has been adapted for film and television several times:

  • L'Amant de lady Chatterley (1955), starring Danielle Darrieux, was banned in the United States because it "promoted adultery", but was released in 1959 after the Supreme Court reversed that decision.[24]
  • Edakallu Guddada Mele (On top of Edakallu Hill) (1973), an Indian film in Kannada starring Jayanthi and directed by Puttanna Kanagal, was loosely based on Lady Chatterley's Lover.
  • Sharapancharam (Bed of Arrows) (1979), an Indian film in Malayalam starring Jayan and Sheela and directed by Hariharan, was loosely based on Lady Chatterley's Lover.
  • Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981) by Just Jaeckin, stars Sylvia Kristel and Nicholas Clay.
  • Lady Chatterley (1993), is a BBC Television serial directed by Ken Russell and starring Joely Richardson and Sean Bean for BBC Television. It incorporates some material from the longer second version John Thomas and Lady Jane.
  • The Daughter of Lady Chatterley (La Figlia di Lady Chatterley) (1995) is an Italian adaptation directed by Emanuele Glisenti and starring Solange Cousseau.
  • Milenec lady Chatterleyové (1998) is a Czech television version directed by Viktor Polesný and starring Zdena Studenková (Constance), Marek Vašut (Clifford), and Boris Rösner (Mellors).[25]
  • Ang Kabit ni Mrs Montero (Mrs. Montero's Paramour, 1998) is a Filipino soft-core film adapted by director Peque Gallaga. Edu Manzano was cast as Cal Montero, the localised version of Clifford Chatterley (now a hacienda owner), Patricia Javier as his wife Gail, and Gardo Versoza as the local version of Mellors. Sunshine Cruz was added as a physical therapist tending to Mr Montero.
  • The French director Pascale Ferran[26] filmed a French-Language version (2006) with Marina Hands as Constance and Jean-Louis Coulloc'h as the gamekeeper, which won the Cesar Award for Best Film in 2007. Marina Hands was awarded best actress at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.[27] The film was based on John Thomas and Lady Jane, Lawrence's second version of the story. It was broadcast on the French television channel Arte on 22 June 2007 as Lady Chatterley et l'homme des bois (Lady Chatterley and the Man of the Woods).
Use of character

The character of Lady Chatterley appears in Fanny Hill Meets Lady Chatterly [sic] (1967), Lady Chatterly [sic] Versus Fanny Hill (1974), and Young Lady Chatterley (1977). Bartholomew Bandy meets her shortly after her 1917 marriage in the novel Three Cheers for Me (1962, revised 1973) by Donald Jack.


Lady Chatterley's Lover has been adapted for BBC Radio 4 by acclaimed writer Michelene Wandor and was first broadcast in September 2006.


Lawrence's novel was successfully dramatised for the stage in a three-act play by a young British playwright named John Harte. Although produced at The Arts Theatre in London in 1961 (and elsewhere later on), his play was written in 1953. It was the only DH Lawrence novel ever to be staged, and his dramatisation was the only one to be read and approved by Lawrence's widow, Frieda. Despite her attempts to obtain the copyright for Harte to have his play staged in the 1950s, Baron Philippe de Rothschild did not relinquish the dramatic rights until his film was released in France.

Only the Old Bailey trial against Penguin Books for alleged obscenity in publishing the unexpurgated paperback edition of the novel prevented the play's transfer to the much bigger Wyndham's Theatre, for which it had already been licensed by the Lord Chamberlain's Office on 12 August 1960 with passages censored. It was fully booked out for its limited run at The Arts Theatre and well reviewed by Harold Hobson, the prevailing West End theatre critic of the time.

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