The rainbow (film)

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German title The Rainbow
Original title The Rainbow
Country of production Great Britain
original language English
Publishing year 1989
length 112 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Ken Russell
script Ken Russell,
Vivian Russell
production Ken Russell
music Carl Davis
camera Billy Williams
cut Peter Davies

The Rainbow ( The Rainbow ) is a British film drama from the year 1989 . Directed by Ken Russell , who co-wrote the script with Vivian Russell based on the 1915 novel of the same name by DH Lawrence .


The action takes place in England at the beginning of the 20th century. The daughter of wealthy farmer Ursula Brangwen is subjected to a strict upbringing. She befriends the gymnastics teacher Winifred Inger, with whom she has a lesbian relationship. She later moves to London , where she works as a teacher. There she has an affair with Anton Skrebensky, whom she met earlier. Her lover is used as a soldier in India . Brangwen finds out she is pregnant and is notified that Skrebensky was married to another woman in India.


Roger Ebert wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times of June 2, 1989 that the novel and its sequel Women in Love described a strictly ordered class society in which the young heroines would refuse to let their lives be determined by class and gender . The " iconoclastic " director - known for films like Tommy - had already made the follow-up novel in 1969. The current work is a " measured, thoughtful film adaptation " that shows that Russell believes in the novelist's message. She reproduces the “ pain ” and “ anger ” of the novel and speaks to today's viewers.

The magazine prisma wrote that the “ somewhat kitschy melodrama ” was filmed “ against an authentic backdrop and a wonderful landscape ”.

Wolfgang Brenner wrote in tip magazine that the film was a " hyper-romantic old age tract with soft focus sex ".


Ken Russell was nominated for the Golden St. George at the Moscow International Film Festival in 1989.


The film was shot in Cumbria ( England ). It grossed around 444 thousand US dollars in cinemas in the United States .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Film review by Roger Ebert, accessed on September 21, 2007
  2. prisma, accessed September 21, 2007
  3., accessed on September 21, 2007
  4. ^ Filming locations for The Rainbow, accessed September 21, 2007
  5. ^ Box office / business for The Rainbow, accessed September 21, 2007