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About The French Lieutenant’s Woman:
Directed by Karel Reisz with Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons.

Anna and Mike portray two characters in a film set in 19th century England who fall in love despite the fact that Mike’s character is engaged.

Michael Billington:
“Pinter faced a big problem in adapting John Fowles’s novel in which a pastiche Victorian romance is combined with post-modern commentary. At Reisz’s suggestion, Pinter drew a fascinating parallel between the fictive characters and the actors playing them. With the help of fine performances from Streep and Irons, the film was glowingly reviewed, was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars and was hailed as “superb” by none other than Joseph Losey.”

Presented in partnership with Chiswick Book Festival, Pinter on Screen runs until September 2024. Season curated by Michael Billington in collaboration with Torin Douglas and Chris Parker. A portion of the proceeds of this screening will be donated to Chiswick Book Festival and it’s charities.

The cinema follows its successful retrospective THE IMAGE SPEAKS: The Early Films of Karel Reisz subsequently to this screening, with a selection of the director’s later works.


Jeremy Irons • Meryl Streep


Karel Reisz

Running Time

124 minutes

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Sun 15 Sep