D.H. Lawrence In Taos
United States of America
In the late 1920s, writer D.H. Lawrence settled in Taos, New Mexico where he lived on a mountain ranch. This was the happiest period of his life, even though three women were fighting over him. This struggle continued even after his death, when the women fought for possession of his ashes.
Physical formats available: 16mm, U-matic, Mini DV
Digital formats available: Quicktime (Pro Res)
Audio & visual: Sound Color
Sepia-toned photograph of D.H. Lawrence and Frieda von Richthofen with historical narration. Title sequence and landscape shots of the Santa Fe desert.
Dr. F. W. Roberts of the University of Texas provides some more historical detail.
Exterior shots of Taos and more historical narration.
Author Frank Waters speaks to the camera, introducing some historical background to arts patron Mabel Luhan.
Landscape shots of mountainous regions around Taos and images of Mabel Luhan’s home. Includes narration.
Artist Dorothy Brett talks to the camera about Mabel Luhan and her husband Tony Luhan.
Frank Waters talks to the camera about Mabel Luhan.
Exterior shots of the streets of Taos with more historical narration.
Frank Waters expresses his admiration of D.H. Lawrence’s book ‘The Plumed Serpent’ and provides a brief critique.
Author and D.H. Lawrence biographer Joe Foster gives a historical account.
Images of photographs of Mabel Luhan and D.H. Lawrence with historical narration.
Author and journalist Spud Johnson speaks to the camera, providing some historical detail.
Image of a pencil sketch of D.H. Lawrence, more narration and stills of Mabel Luhan.
D.H. Lawrence’s neighbour Bill Hawk speaks to the camera. Cuts to stills of pencil sketches and photographs of D.H. Lawrence.
Spud Johnson talks to the camera about some of his experiences with D.H. Lawrence. More stills of related photographs and early footage of a bullfight.
Dorothy Brett recounts some of her experiences.
Location shots of the house where D.H. Lawrence and Frieda von Richthofen stayed, including close-ups of some of Lawrence’s artworks.
Landscape shots and images of Lawrence’s dwellings with historical narration.
Lawrence’s servant at the time, a native American called Trinidad, recounts his experiences to the camera.
Interior shots of the ranch with historical narration.
Spud Johnson recounts experiences with Lawrence to the camera.
Images of photographs of Lawrence and exterior shots of the ranch. Narration from Joe Foster and Dorothy Brett; including images of some of Brett’s paintings.
Landscape shots and narration.
Spud Johnson and Bill Hawk recount more experiences with Lawrence to the camera, talking about his and Frieda von Richthofen’s turbulent relationship.
Joe Foster and Dorothy Brett both talk about Lawrence and Frieda von Richthofen’s relationship, casting their opinions on his actions towards her.
Dorothy Brett speaks anecdotally about Lawrence’s ill health.
Dr. F. W. Roberts, Spud Johnson and Dorothy Brett talks candidly about the relationship between Lawrence, Von Richthofen and Brett.
Narrator quotes D.H. Lawrence prose to exterior images of the ranch and the landscape.
Dorothy Brett talks about her relationship with Mabel Luhan and Frieda von Richthofen and anecdotes on D. H. Lawrence’s ashes.
Wife of artist Nicolai Fechin, Tinka Fechin (née Alexandra Belkovich) speaks anecdotally about D. H. Lawrence’s ashes.
Dorothy Brett recounts more on the story of D. H. Lawrence’s ashes. Shots of shrine where Lawrence’s ashes were kept.