The Virgin and the Gypsy (film)

The Virgin and the Gypsy is a 1970 British drama film directed by Christopher Miles and starring Joanna Shimkus. It was 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]

The Virgin and the Gypsy
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Directed byChristopher Miles
Produced byKenneth Harper
Written byD. H. Lawrence
Alan Plater
StarringJoanna Shimkus
Music byPatrick Gowers
CinematographyRobert Huke
Edited byPaul Davies
Release date
  • June 1970 (1970-06)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget$1.4 million[1]


Based on a 1926 work by D.H. Lawrence, the film follows two sisters, Lucille and Yvette, who come to the English countryside for a 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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