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The Portrait of a Lady (1996) Poster

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The opening theme of "Portrait of a Lady" came to Wojciech Kilar when he was flying back to Poland from a meeting with director Jane Campion. Lacking manuscript paper he scribbled it on his boarding pass.
First collaboration between Jane Campion and Nicole Kidman. However, it was actually Campion who discovered Kidman, where she at the age of 14 was performing at Australian Theater for Young People and subsequently caught the eye of the director.
Nicole Kidman spent two weeks in bed after filming wrapped, diagnosed as suffering from "emotional stress".
Nicole Kidman wore a corset while filming to take her waist down to 19".
Producer David O Selznick had planned to film this with his wife Jennifer Jones in the mid- 50's.
Nicole Kidman originally read the book at a young age in primary school and admittedly felt she didn't understand it. She reread it at the age of 21 and fell in love with it.
Laura Dern was seriously considered for the role of Henrietta Stackpole.
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Susan Sarandon was originally cast to play Madame Merle, but had to pull out when the shooting schedule was delayed and interfered with the beginning of her daughter's school year. Barbara Hershey played the role instead, and received her first Academy Award nomination for her performance.
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Shelley Duvall learned Italian to portray Countess Gemini.
Prior to the release of the film, Nicole Kidman was invited to Prague by director Jane Campion to a live performance of the score for the film. The seance brought her to tears.
Jane Campion cast Martin Donovan after seeing him in the film Trust (1990).
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Originally Jane Campion was talking to John Malkovich about playing the part later taken by Martin Donovan.
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Ralph Fiennes was offered the role of Ralph, but turned it down.
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Before being cast as Ralph, Martin Donovan initially met with Jane Campion about playing Casper.
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Sigourney Weaver turned down the role of Madame Merle after Susan Sarandon dropped out.
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Daniel Day-Lewis was offered the role of Ralph, but turned it down.
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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Nicole Kidman, Christian Bale, John Gielgud and Shelley Winters; and three Oscar nominees: John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey and Viggo Mortensen.
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