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Sons and Lovers

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Original title
Sons and Lovers
Running time
103 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Gavin Lambert, T.E.B. Clarke. Novel: D.H. Lawrence
Mario Nascimbene
Freddie Francis (B&W)
20th Century Fox
Drama | Small Town Life (Non-North American)
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D. H. Lawrence Adaptations
Set in an English mining town, the film focuses on Paul Morel (Dean Stockwell), the sensitive son of a roughhewn, alcoholic miner (Trevor Howard) and his gentle, repressed wife (Wendy Hiller). Intent on becoming an artist, Paul is not above depending upon the financial kindnesses of the young women of the town. Many of the girls carry a torch for him, but his strong bonds to his mother leave him emotionally sapped. Freddie Francis's evocative, grimy industrial-town cinematography won him an Academy Award. Despite censorial restrictions, this admirably captures the essence of the dour Lawrence original.
1960: Oscar: Best Cinematography B&W. 7 Nominations
1960: Golden Globes: Best Director. 5 Nominations
1960: BAFTA Awards: Nominated to Best British Actress (Hiller)
1960: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1960: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Drama Screenplay
1960: National Board of Review: Best Film and Director
1960: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Film & Director (ex-aequo). 3 Nominations
1960: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d´Or (Best Film)
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