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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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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
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1.85 : 1
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Peter O'Toole was originally announced for the Jeremy Kemp part. See more »

Goofs

In spite of being set in England, we hear the songs and calls of three birds from North America: Red-winged Blackbird, American Robin, and Blue Jay. See more »

Quotes

Edgar Alabaster: You're not one of us.
Mr. William Adamson: I am aware of that. Good day.
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Bravo!! A great watch for the jaded.
28 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

"Angels and Insects" is a slow starter with several strikes against it from the outset. First, the title is a turn-off (from the Byatt book of the same name). Secondly it's a period piece (circa mid 19th century England). Thirdly it factors in Darwinism, Amazon natives, ants and insects, and other esoteric subjects which don't make films appealing to the masses. Finally it has none of the usual Hollywood tinsel and trappings. Those, however, who can get past all that will find a masterpiece of filming, acting, directing, writing, costuming, orchestration, etc. A slowly captivating and somewhat melancholy story of the goings-on within an English manor, "A&I" delivers powerful drama, sterling performances, and masterful execution by the auteur. A great watch for those who love cinema for cinema's sake.


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