Priest of Love

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", and the cinematography was by Ted Moore.

Priest of Love
Theatrical film poster
Directed byChristopher Miles
Produced byChristopher Miles
Andrew Donally
Written byAlan Plater
Harry T. Moore (biography)
StarringIan McKellen
Janet Suzman
Ava Gardner
Penelope Keith
Jorge Rivero
John Gielgud
Maurizio Merli
James Faulkner
Massimo Ranieri
Graham Faulkner
Music byJoseph James[1]
CinematographyTed Moore B.S.C
Edited byPaul Davies
Milesian Films with Ronceval Inc
Release date
  • 11 October 1981 (1981-10-11)

8 November 1985
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film was first released by Filmways in New York on 11 October 1981 and then by Enterprise Pictures Ltd in London with a Royal Premiere on 18 February 1982.[2][3]


1985 re-release

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 greater commercial and critical success.

This 1985 Centenary Version was then re-mastered in 2011 for a new DVD release in the United States (Kino International – standard DVD and 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. Pseudonym for Francis James Brown and Stanley Joseph Seeger.
  2. Daily News NYC (8.7.1981)
  3. The Times (19.2.82)

Further reading

  • Canby, Vincent (11 October 1981). "Priest of Love (1981) -Journeys of D. H. Lawrence". The New York Times. Unenthusiastic review of the initial release.
  • DVD Talk
  • Twitch Film

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