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Angels and Insects (1995)

In the 1800s a naturalist marries into a family of British country gentry.

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Cast

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Eugenia Alabaster Adamson
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Sir Harald Alabaster
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Lady Alabaster
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Robin
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Miss Mead
Saskia Wickham ...
Rowena Alabaster
Lindsay Thomas ...
Lady Alabaster's Maid
Michelle Sylvester ...
Margaret Alabaster
Clare Lovell ...
Elaine Alabaster
Jenny Lovell ...
Edith Alabaster
Oona Haas ...
Alice Alabaster
Angus Hodder ...
Guy Alabaster
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Storyline

The movie is a study of a family of country gentry in Victorian England. William Adamson, a young scientist, is introduced into the Alabaster family by Reverend Mr Alabaster who is also fascinated by insects. William marries the older daughter of the family and studies the amounts of insects in the garden of the villa. His - for the gentry - strange behaviors reveal at the same time their own failures and passions. Written by Volker Boehm

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An Elegant Seduction. An Erotic Deception. A Stunning Revelation.

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Rated R for strong sexuality and graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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26 January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Des anges et des insectes  »

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$5,304,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter O'Toole was originally announced for the Jeremy Kemp part. See more »

Goofs

William and Matty both cast at least three shadows on the door, despite being only lit by a single candle. See more »

Quotes

Edgar Alabaster: I don't like your attitude, sir. I've never liked it. I believe that you sneer in your heart.
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This is an exceptional movie...
19 February 2000 | by (the lower depths) – See all my reviews

Angels and Insects is one of the most visually stunning movies I have ever seen but every bit of the immense beauty & luxury that is on the screen contributes to the sense & definition of exquisite excess that is so ingrained in the Alabasters' way of life. If one imagines this movie as a 1940s Hollywood effort, perhaps starring Olivier & Fontaine, ala Rebecca, then one must really appreciate the subtly shaded performances. I have never seen better acting onscreen, especially in the performances of Rylance & Thomas. And all the interplay of idea & emotion, science & passion, objectivity & subjectivity, so rarely transferable from print to film are so brilliantly achieved here. Hey, even the sex scenes are among the best I've ever viewed.


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