Shadowlands

This emotionally moving romantic drama was adapted by William Nicholson from his own acclaimed play, based upon the real-life romance (during the 1950s) between the British writer C.S. Lewis and a divorced American poet named Joy Gresham. Best known for writing The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Lewis (Anthony Hopkins) is living comfortably as a respected Oxford don, his academic lifestyle a kind of shell protecting him from the emotional risk of love. Joy Gresham (Debra Winger) arrives at Oxford as an avid admirer of Lewis's writing, and the safety of his collegiate routine is quickly disrupted when Lewis realizes that he's fallen deeply and unexpectedly in love. Their courtship is uniquely engaging; he's shy and uncertain, she's outspoken and bold. But when Joy is diagnosed with cancer, Lewis's Christian faith is put to the test--he cannot fathom why their happiness together would be so drastically challenged. Together, they find a way to accept and honor the time they have shared together, and under the sensitive direction of Richard Attenborough, Shadowlands arrives at a conclusion that is both heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. Hopkins and Winger are equally superb in this absorbing story of personal and spiritual transformation--a story previously filmed for British television in 1985, with Joss Ackland and Claire Bloom. --Jeff Shannon

Year:
1993
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Joy:
Jack don’t you sometimes just burst to share the joke?

Jack:
What joke ?

Joy:
Well here's your friends thinking we're unmarried and up to all sorts of wickedness, when all along we're married and up to nothing at all.

Jack:
Which friends?

Joy:
God, you can be so hard work sometimes. So what do you do here? Think great thoughts?

Jack:
Teach mainly.

Joy:
What do they do? Sit at your feet and gaze up at you in awe?

Jack:
No, not at all.

Joy:
I bet they do.

Joy:
We have some fine old battles in here, I can tell you that.

Joy:
Which you win. Must be quite a boost for you, being older and wiser than all of them. Not to mention your readers.

Jack:
What?

Joy:
Your readers and that gang of friends of yours. All very well trained not to play out of bounds.

Jack:
What are you talking about?

Joy:
Of course there’s Warnie. Not much competition there.

Jack:
That’s nonsense. And what about Christopher Riley. He never let’s me get away with anything, you know that.

Joy:
Except doubt and fear and pain and terror.

Jack:
Where did all that come from?

Joy:
I’ve only now just seen it how you’ve arranged a life for yourself where no one can touch you. Everyone that’s close to you is either younger than you, or weaker than you, or under your control.

Jack:
Why…why are you getting at me? I thought..I thought we were friends?

Joy:
I don’t know that we are friends not the way you have friends anyway. Sorry, Jack.

Jack:
I don’t understand.

Joy:
No, I think you do. You just don’t like it, nor do I.

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