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Pandaemonium (2000)

Friendship and betrayal between two poets during the French Revolution.

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Mary Wordsworth
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John Thelwall
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Andrew Crosse
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Friendship and betrayal between two poets during the French Revolution.

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Rated PG-13 for drug content | See all certifications »
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18 April 2001 (France)  »

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Pandemonium  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Andy Serkis is best known for his role of Gollum on a blockbuster film franchise The Lord of the Rings in all 3 sequel films while Dexter Fletcher is best known for his part on a TV series Hotel Babylon & his prominent role on a 1998 Guy Ritchie film ... See more »

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As they are rolling around from the effects of "Thornapple", the shot of the clouds rolling by show the quick streak of the exhaust of a jet airplane zipping from bottom to top of the picture. See more »

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Like one that on a lonesome road doth walk in fear and dread, and having once turned 'roud walks on and turns no more his head, because he knows a frightful fiend doth close behind him tred. 'Tis a strange place this limbo, not a place yet named so.
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The Cast Listing credits starts with Coleridge in modern day London. The soundtrack is Olivia Newton-John's 1980's hit, Xanadu. See more »

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References Xanadu (1980) See more »

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Chylde Owlet
Trad.Arr. Nick Ingman / BBC Music Publishing Ltd.
Sung by Gemma Padley
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Beautifully filmed treasure
18 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This beautifully filmed treasure was a special treat to watch, as it transported me into a different world and captured the feelings I had as a student of English literature studying Coleridge and Wordsworth. Through its artistic interpretation of the inner landscape of Coleridge's mind, it reawakened the emotions that Coleridge's poetry itself evoked. I applaud the credit it gave to the women in the lives of these two masters, particularly Dorothy Wordsworth, whose importance to the poetry itself was unrecognized in the original works and has always been underappreciated. The film really brought to life "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," "Kubla Khan," and "Frost at Midnight."

The movie was so powerful because of the beautiful filming--the sets, scenery, costumes, etc., the photographic talents that captured these, the haunting background score, and the talented acting of the cast, particularly that of Linus Roach, who displayed a variety of emotional states so wonderfully, though I was really moved by Emily Woof's acting, as well. At first it seemed to me that John Hannah was merely walking through his role, but I now feel that the subdued acting was deliberate in portraying a much more sinister Wordsworth. I also applaud Samantha Morton and Samuel West for their roles.

The one odd thing about the movie was the segment shown during the final credits, in which Coleridge walks around in modern London, with dreadful popular modern music playing. I understand that a statement was being made, but it contrasted too sharply with the beauty of the film and the reverie in which I found myself. (The music was dreadful because of the contrast with the earlier context.) I really didn't need to be unkindly startled from the earlier sweet emotions. Only credit-watchers like me have to worry about it, though.


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