Netflix’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover updates the book’s treatment of sex, presenting the act as not just an erotic force, but a miraculous one.

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D. H. Lawrence’s infamous 1928 novel about an upper-class woman’s extramarital affair with her gamekeeper

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was considered so obscene that it was banned in multiple countries for years.

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But as much pleasure as the author took in describing, well, pleasure, he wasn’t distasteful, just bold for his time

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When writing clandestine trysts, Lawrence detailed every motion, thrust, and caress with relish.

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He especially liked equating desire to a flame—a warmth that guided his titular aristocrat out of her ennui

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Lady Constance “Connie” Chatterley’s sexual awakening, he wrote, was like a “curious molten thrilling that spread and spread.”

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Netflix’s adaptation, which started streaming yesterday, takes a different route to illustrating lust.

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Unlike many previous onscreen versions, this film eschews the soft glow of Lawrence’s words for a more haunting aura.

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