Tuesday, 5 July 2011

British Beaches in the Movies: Lyme Regis

The Dorset coastline had its time in the sun when The Cobb at Lyme Regis appeared in The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981). This picture starred Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep, big names for such a small, sleepy location, and was adapted from the John Fowles novel by Harold Pinter. The film interweaves two storylines: the book’s original story of Sarah Woodruff and Charles Smithson set in Victorian England and the story of the two actors who portray them in the 1980s. Fowles wrote two endings for the book— one happy, one not so happy. In a typically Pinter twist, he added the storyline of the actors in order to dramatise the unhappy ending.

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