Translating John Fowles' complex novel to the screen was a formidable task, previously attempted--then abandoned--by the likes of Fred Zinnemann, Richard Lester and Mike Nichols. Undaunted, director Karel Reisz joined forces with esteemed playwright Harold Pinter to convey the essence of
Fowles' epic romance.
In a technically flawless performance, Meryl Streep plays Sarah Woodruff, a mysterious pariah in mourning who has been dishonored after a affair with a French army officer in Victorian England. In his first starring role, Jeremy Irons portrays Charles Smithson, the wealthy young man of principle
who finds her and falls hopelessly in love. Pinter's screenpl...