Instant Gratification Quick Takes: July 19, 2011

Highlighting odd and off-beat new releases to watch instantly on Netflix

New for July 19, 2011

Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1981), directed by Just Jaeckin, with Sylvia Kristel, Shane Briant, Nicholas Clay, Ann Mitchell, Elizabeth Spriggs, Peter Bennett, Anthony Head, Frank Moorey and Bessie Love – There have been countless film adaptations of D.H. Lawrence’s famously controversial 1928 novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover — but only one has been directed by Just Jaeckin, the French filmmaker responsible for 1974’s softcore classic, Emmanuelle. Lady Chatterley’s Lover was Jaeckin’s attempt at directing something classy, while still delivering the T&A his fans expected — nay — demanded. The story: Lady Constance Chatterley (Kristel, star of Emmanuelle) is married to Baron Clifford Chatterley in 1920s England. Clifford Chatterley is paralyzed from the waist down due to being wounded in World War I. Sexually frustrated, Lady Chatterley has an affair with her estate’s gamekeeper and, in doing so, experiences a sexual awakening. Lady Chatterley’s Lover isn’t sleazy (sensual) enough to make up for its dull story. The soundtrack is laughably melodramatic. Kristel is only mildly attractive. I liked Emmanuelle, which was at least entertaining. Lady Chatterley’s Lover is painfully boring.  (Available until January 1, 2013)

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