Priest of Love

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Priest of Love
Priest of love film poster.jpg
Theatrical Film Poster
Directed by Christopher Miles
Produced by Christopher Miles
Andrew Donally
Written by Alan Plater
Harry T. Moore (biography)
Starring Ian McKellen
Janet Suzman
Ava Gardner
Penelope Keith
Jorge Rivero
John Gielgud
Maurizio Merli
James Faulkner
Massimo Ranieri
Graham Faulkner
Music by Joseph James
Cinematography Ted Moore B.S.C
Release dates
11 October 1981
2nd cinema release = Enterprise Ltd., 8 November 1985 (Director’s cut for a Centenary Version)
Running time
98 minutes
Country UK
Language English

Priest of Love is a British biographical film about D. H. Lawrence and his wife Frieda (née Von Richthofen). It was produced and directed by Christopher Miles and co-produced by Andrew Donally. The screenplay was by Alan Plater from the biography A Priest of Love by Harry T. Moore. The music score was by Francis James Brown and Stanley Joseph Seeger, credited jointly as "Joseph James", the cinematography by Ted Moore.

The film was first released by Filmways in New York on 11 October 1981 [1] and then by Enterprise Pictures Ltd in London with a Royal Premiere on 18 February 1982 [2]

1985 Centenary Version – Director’s Cut[edit]

Subsequently the film was re-cut in 1985 by the director, for the centenary of D.H.Lawrence’s birth, and was re-released in cinemas by Enterprise Pictures to a more commercial and critical success.


This 1985 Centenary Version was then re-mastered in 2011 for a new DVD release in the USA (Kino International – standard DVD & Blu-ray) and in the UK (Odeon Entertainment – standard DVD - 2012). The extras on both DVDs include interviews with Ian McKellen and Christopher Miles, and Penelope Keith narrates ‘The way we got it together’ on the making of the film.



  1. ^ Daily News NYC (8.7.1981)
  2. ^ The Times (19.2.82)

External links[edit]

USA Blu-ray Reviews of 1985 Centenary Version