The Fox (Rydell, 1967): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 6.20pm
This film, rarely seen at the cinema, screens as part of the BFI Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and will be will be introduced by Michael Lawrence, Lecturer in film studies at the University of Sussex.
Here is the BFI introduction to tonight's film:
For the fiercely independent March and her partner Banford, the
isolated farm provides a hardscrabble haven: while Banford bakes the
muffins, March mends the fences. The winter is hard, and the women are
happy. But if their living is threatened by the nightly visits of the
local fox – who is after their chickens – their lives will be
transformed by the sudden arrival of Paul, the old farmer’s grandson –
for he is after a wife. Repressions thaw as the icicles melt beneath the
winter sun. Desires make their demands, with tragic consequences. Based
on the novella by D.H. Lawrence, The Fox broke new ground in 1967 with
its depiction of nudity, masturbation and lesbianism. Today, the film
deserves reappraisal for its ambiguous exploration of sexuality and
You can also read Roger Ebert's positive review here.
Here is an extract (spoiler alert).