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The Portrait of a Lady
- Nicole Kidman

Overview - Nicole Kidman stars in this dark, elaborate adaptation of Henry James's novel, director Jane Campion's follow-up to THE PIANO. American Isabel Archer (Kidman) visits her wealthy relatives in 1872 England, where she turns down an offer of marriage by a kind and rich suitor (Richard E.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Nicole Kidman stars in this dark, elaborate adaptation of Henry James's novel, director Jane Campion's follow-up to THE PIANO. American Isabel Archer (Kidman) visits her wealthy relatives in 1872 England, where she turns down an offer of marriage by a kind and rich suitor (Richard E. Grant) in order to see the world and experience life. Her consumptive cousin (Martin Donovan) is secretly in love with her and arranges that she inherit a fortune so she can fulfill this desire, but she lets herself be seduced into marriage by a manipulative, egotistical aesthete named Osmond (John Malkovich). As Osmond works to subjugate her, it's up to Isabel to see the truth and earn back her dying cousin's faith. The stellar cast includes Viggo Mortenson, Mary-Louise Parker, Shelley Winters, Christian Bale, Shelley Duvall, Valentina Cervi as Osmond's beautiful, dominated daughter, and, best of all, Barbara Hershey as Madame Servena, Isabel's scheming friend. The moving, nuanced performances are complemented and at times even eclipsed by Janet Patterson's ethereal costume designs, the decadently dark color schemes, and Campion's graceful camera movements.

Cast List

Mary-Louise Parker - Actress
Mary Louise Parker - Actress
Laura Jones - Screenwriter
Henry James - British Novelist, THE TURN OF THE SCREW
Janet Patterson
Richard E. Grant - British Actor
Barbara Hershey - American actress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY
Barbara Herzstein - American actress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY
Barbara Seagull - American actress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY
John Malkovich - American Actor/Producer
Shelley Duvall - American Actress/Producer
John Gielgud - British Actor/Author, ARTHUR (1981)
Sir John Gielgud - British Actor/Author, ARTHUR (1981)
Arthur John Gielgud - British Actor/Author, ARTHUR (1981)
Jane Campion - Nz Director/In Australia
Veronika Jenet
Wojciech Kilar - Composer
Nicole Kidman - Actress, TO DIE FOR
Martin Donovan - Argentine Director/Actor
Stuart Dryburgh

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 144
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 826663136876
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Release Date: December 2012

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
British
Romance
Self-Discovery
Deception
Period Piece
Marriage
Theatrical Release
Based On A Novel

 
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Synopsis:
A beautiful, independent young woman with an unquenchable thirst for worldly experience rejects an advantageous marriage proposal only to fall prey to the devious ministrations of a scheming friend who arranges her betrothal to an utter scoundrel. Ironically, her poor choice and the downfall that comes of it lead her to discover her true self--and, ultimately, her one true love.

Notes:
Theatrical release: December 27, 1996 (NY/LA); January 17, 1997 (national). Filmed on location in England and in Rome and Florence, Italy. Shown at the 1996 Venice Film Festival (noncompeting).

Reviews:
"...A literary adaptation of exceeding intelligence, beauty and concentrated artistry....Campion presents the story in a dark, lush, mysterious manner..." - 09/09/1996 Variety


"...The film loosens every cliché in the costume drama book....Campion allows the past to breathe, expand, and even make mating motions towards the present..." - 11/01/1996 Film Comment, p.51-3


"...Hershey rises to her juicy role....[Donovan] gives a really great performance..." - 01/17/1997 Entertainment Weekly, p.42-3


"...[Told] with spareness, strength and precision....Kidman is the picture of clarity, purpose and single-minded intelligence....THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY is impressive..." - 12/24/1996 Los Angeles Times, p.F1


"...Well acted. Kidman has the bearing and quality of the intelligent young American. Barbara Hershey is magnificent....Martin Donovan is touching..." - 01/17/1997 Chicago Sun-Times, p.33

 
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