In the latest film adaptation of the book, French director Pascale Ferran underlines the same idea with endless scene-setting shots of nature: snow blowing through the air, a lizard climbing a wall, flowers in a field, drifting clouds, a placid lake surface, chickens wandering loose, the moon, buds emerging after winter, and on and on.
Ferran does supply sex as well as sexual symbolism, but the two are equally placid and ruminative, and the Better Homes And Gardens visual approach makes for a mighty sleepy film.
While Constance loves her husband, she has grown weary of her life as a bird in a gilded cage, as well as her husband's lack of affection.
The team behind the drama have promised that it will be as raunchy as its source material, with producer Serena Cullen teasing that the sex scenes approach the limits of what can be shown on mainstream TV. Telling the story of an upper-class woman's affair with her gamekeeper, the book was only published uncensored in the UK in 1960, prompting a famous obscenity trial which Penguin Books won.Jed Mercurio, who has turned the D H Lawrence classic into a 90-minute television drama for Sunday night, said his Lady Chatterley would be mostly covered up despite the sexual nature of the storyline.As such, his version will see a newly empowered Lady Chatterley as "more confident and troubled" than her original incarnation, as the "dated, misogynistic" messages of the book are replaced.Writing in the Telegraph, Mercurio said: "Given the subject matter, the issue of nudity and sexual acts was something we discussed at length before shooting the film."It’s possible to deliver passion without full nudity. Constance Chatterley (Marina Hands) is a lovely woman in her mid twenties who is married to Sir Clifford Chatterley (Hippolyte Girardot), a wealthy British nobleman many years her senior who is paralyzed from the waist down due to an injury sustained during World War I.