The Virgin and the Gypsy (film)

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The Virgin and the Gypsy
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DVD cover
Directed by Christopher Miles
Produced by Kenneth Harper
Written by D. H. Lawrence
Alan Plater
Starring Joanna Shimkus
Music by Patrick Gowers
Cinematography Robert Huke
Edited by Paul Davies
Release date
  • June 1970 (1970-06)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $1.4 million[1]

The Virgin and the Gypsy is a 1970 British drama film directed by Christopher Miles, based on the novella of the same name. It was screened at the 1970 Cannes Film Festival, but wasn't entered into the main competition.[2]


Based on a 1926 work by D. H. Lawrence, the film follows two sisters, Lucille and Yvette, who come to the English countryside to vacation. Along the way, Yvette is interested in a gypsy who lives not far from her family's home. Slowly, Yvette becomes attracted to the gypsy, leading her to consider whether she wants to have a mundane life or a romance with someone her family may not accept.



  1. ^ Spotlight:: Financing The Films: New Ideas By LEONARD SLOANE. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 12 July 1970: 100
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Virgin and the Gypsy". Retrieved 11 April 2009. 

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