The Romantic Englishwoman
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|The Romantic Englishwoman|
|Directed by||Joseph Losey|
|Written by||Tom Stoppard|
|Produced by||Daniel M. Angel|
|Edited by||Reginald Beck|
|Music by||Richard Hartley|
Les Productions Meric-Matalon
|19 May 1975|
The Romantic Englishwoman is a 1975 British film directed by Joseph Losey and starring Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson, Helmut Berger. It marks the feature-length screen debut for Kate Nelligan. The screenplay was written by Tom Stoppard and Thomas Wiseman.
Caine plays a successful English novelist whose discontented wife, played by Jackson, decides to take a holiday to Germany in order to "find herself". There she meets a mysterious young man, played by Berger, in an elevator, which initiates an often bizarre, but extremely mature examination of desire, responsibility and the nature of love.
Elizabeth, bored wife of Lewis, a successful pulp writer in England, leaves husband and child and runs away to the German town of Baden-Baden. There she meets Thomas, who claims to be a poet but whom viewers know to be a petty thief, conman, drug courier, and gigolo. Though the two are briefly attracted to each other, she returns home. He, hunted by gangsters for a drug consignment he has lost, follows her to England. Lewis, highly suspicious of his wife, invites the young man to stay with them and act as his secretary. Initially resenting the presence of the handsome stranger, Elizabeth one night starts an affair and the two run away with no money to the south of France. Lewis follows them, he in turn being followed by the gangsters looking for Thomas. At the end the gangsters reclaim Thomas, presumably for execution, while Lewis reclaims Elizabeth.
- Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth Fielding
- Michael Caine as Lewis Fielding
- Helmut Berger as Thomas
- Michael Lonsdale as Swan, chief gangster
- Béatrice Romand as Catherine, nanny
- Kate Nelligan as Isabel, friend of the Fieldings
- Nathalie Delon as Miranda
- Reinhard Kolldehoff as Herman
- Anna Steele as Annie
- Marcus Richardson as David
- Julie Peasgood as New Nanny
- Frankie Jordan as Supermarket Cashier
- Tom Chatto as Neighbour
- Frances Tomelty as Airport Shop Assistant
- "Festival de Cannes: The Romantic Englishwoman". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 4 May 2009.