This adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's posthumously published novella does a better job of addressing its theme--sexual repression in strait-laced society--than most film renditions of the writer's work have managed to do. Unlike Ken Russell's WOMEN IN LOVE, which offered symbolic
representations the inner awakening of its characters, THE VIRGIN AND THE GYPSY opts for a more literal intrepretation of Lawrence's work. Regrettably, the literary conventions of Lawrence's era don't always transfer well to the modern cinema. However, director Miles (brother of actress Sarah
Miles), guiding his first feature film, has done an excellent job of conveying the sense of entrapmen...