The Romantic Englishwoman 1975 ***

Early work from Tom Stoppard, adapting Thomas Wiseman’s novel about infidelity and creativity for director Joseph Losey and creating a smart, intellectual entertainment. Michael Caine plays writer Lewis Fielding, who is troubled by his wife Elisabeth (Glenda Jackson) and her romance with uncultured playboy Thomas (Helmut Berger). Caine reigns in his charisma to deliver a sullen, moody performance that’s just right for Fielding, and Jackson does well with her character’s discomfort. Neither a crime story nor a romance, The Romantic Englishwoman is one of the best of Losey’s later works, and might finally reach and audience through its surprising appearance on Amazon Instant.


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