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5 April 2002 (UK) See more »
While a British film crew are shooting a version of The Duchess Of Malfi in Venice, they in turn are... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Max Beesley ... Antonio

Fabrizio Bentivoglio ... Very Important Doctor
Brian Bovell ... Cardinal

Saffron Burrows ... Duchess of Malfi
Elisabetta Cavallotti ... Abducted Hotel Guest

Valentina Cervi ... Hotel Maid

George DiCenzo ... Boris

Andrea Di Stefano ... Assassin
Nicola Farron ... Hotel Guest

Christopher Fulford ... Steve Hawk

Valeria Golino ... Italian Actress
Jeremy Hardy ... Flamenco Troupe Administrator

Salma Hayek ... Charlee Boux

Danny Huston ... Hotel Manager

Rhys Ifans ... Trent Stoken

Jason Isaacs ... Australian Actor
Paco Jarana ... Flamenco Guitarist

Lucy Liu ... Kawika
Mark Long ... Hotel Kitchen Manager

Mía Maestro ... Cariola

John Malkovich ... Omar Jonnson

Chiara Mastroianni ... Hotel Nurse

Laura Morante ... Greta

Ornella Muti ... Flamenco Spokesperson

Burt Reynolds ... The Flamenco Manager

Stefania Rocca ... Sophie

Julian Sands ... Tour Guide

Danny Sapani ... AJ

David Schwimmer ... Jonathan Danderfine

Alexandra Staden ... Film PA

Mark Strong ... Ferdinand
Heathcote Williams ... Bosala
Eva Yerbabuena ... Flamenco Dancer (as Eva La Yerbabuena)

Directed by
Mike Figgis 
Writing credits
Heathcote Williams (adaptation)

Mike Figgis (story)

John Webster  play "The Duchess of Malfi" (uncredited)

Produced by
Andrea Calderwood .... executive producer
Mike Figgis .... producer
Annie Stewart .... producer
Lesley Stewart .... co-producer
Ernst Etchie Stroh .... producer (as Etchie Stroh)
Original Music by
Mike Figgis 
Anthony Marinelli 
Cinematography by
Patrick Alexander Stewart (director of photography) (as Patrick Stewart)
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
Production Design by
Franco Fumagalli 
Costume Design by
Catherine Buyse Dian 
Production Management
Andrea Borella .... production supervisor
Rosa Romero .... production manager
Emma Zee .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paola Barbaglia .... second assistant director
Susie Liggat .... first assistant director
Giorgia Marangoni .... second assistant director
Art Department
Daniele Carrer .... property master (as Daniele Carreer)
Alberto Tomasini .... stand-by props
Alessandro Toso .... assistant property master
Antonio Viola .... art department production assistant
Sound Department
Ronald Bailey .... sound consultant
Paul Carr .... adr and foley mixer
Felicity Cottrell .... foley artist
James Feltham .... dubbing mixer
James Feltham .... supervising sound editor
Paul Golding .... location sound supervisor
Nigel Heath .... dubbing mixer
Nigel Heath .... supervising sound editor
Michael Mandalis .... sound editor
Ruth Sullivan .... foley artist
Richard Taylor .... sound IT support
Mark Tucker .... location sound supervisor
James Seddon .... dolby consultant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Helle Absalonsen .... production coordinator: Digital Film Lab
Vicci Allen .... production coordinator: Digital Film Lab
Steen Lyders Hansen .... inferno operator
Sam Smith .... Inferno operator: Digital Film Lab.
Camera and Electrical Department
Martha Aldridge .... camera assistant
Lucy Bristow .... camera operator
Mike Figgis .... camera operator
Mike Figgis .... digital camera rig designer
Reuben Garrett .... gaffer
Cath Le Couteur .... camera assistant
James O'Keeffe .... camera operator (as Jim O'Keefe)
Edgar Pablos .... camera assistant
Ben Wilson .... digital camera rig designer
Flavia Vitali .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Alex Johnson .... assistant to casting director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Beatrice Giannini .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Clive Ashenden .... assistant to avid editor: 4MC
Adam Barton .... editor: avid
Chris Beeton .... colorist: Pepper Ltd.
Ian Differ .... digital post-production: Digital Film Lab.
Jaime Estrada Torres .... assembly editor (as Jaime Estrada-Torres)
Steve Harrow .... post-production consultant: Steeple Post Production Service
Shane Warden .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Music Department
David Carpenter .... musician: bass
Leonard Castro .... musician: percussion
Vinnie Colaiuta .... musician: drums
Mark Curry .... music recordist-mixer
Arlen Figgis .... additional music mixer
Mike Figgis .... musician: guitar, trumpet and keyboards
Louise Hammar .... music supervisor
Anthony Marinelli .... musician: keyboards
Brice Martin .... musician: flute
Robert Sheppard .... musician: flute
Mark Tucker .... music recordist-mixer
Anthony Marinelli .... music producer (uncredited)
Other crew
Stefania Antonini .... production coordinator: Italy
Lesley Broderick .... production accountant
Carmela Compagnone .... payroll clerk
Eric D'Souza .... data transfer: Digital Film Lab.
Michele De Leo .... cashier
Jude Figgis .... cast liaison
Louis Figgis .... assistant: Ms. Stewart
Louis Figgis .... technical coordinator
Louisa Garnier .... assistant: Mr. Figgis
Martin Haines .... legal services: Davenport Lyons
Jethro Harris .... operations manager
Nigel Horn .... laboratory contact: Soho Images
Tibor Kuo .... supervisor: DV
Giacomo Montanari .... office production assistant
Kevin O'Shea .... insurance services: AON/Albert G. Ruben
Nik Panic .... technical assistant
Helen Phelps .... business manager: Pepper Ltd.
Nicola Rosada .... location manager
Andreas Rostock .... data re-recording: Digital Film Lab.
Susan Schrader .... assistant accountant
Jacqueline Thorogood .... production coordinator: UK
Giorgio Tregnaghi .... production accountant
Shane Warden .... title designer: Pepper Ltd.
Sylvester Weekes .... supervisor: DV
David Wilder .... completion bond services: Film Finances
Marco Zanon .... set production assistant (as Marco 'Bobo' Zanon)
Lillian Awa .... production assistant (uncredited)
Harriet Cruickshank .... special thanks
Mark Foligno .... special thanks: Sony UK
George Hayum .... special thanks
Danny Huston .... special thanks
John Smith .... special thanks: The Whitehouse, London
Bart Walker .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong sexual content, violence and language
Argentina:114 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | Canada:109 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA (TV rating) | Japan:R-15 | UK:18 | USA:R | USA:TV-MA (TV rating)
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Did You Know?

John Webster's play "The Duchess of Malfi" was first performed in 1614 at the Globe Theatre in London, and first published in 1623. The onscreen credits simply list the title followed by the author's name, and omit the word "play".See more »
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References Citizen Kane (1941)See more »
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34 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Artistic experimental film. Oh dear., 19 November 2002
Author: PlanecrazyIkarus from Wales, UK

I came across this movie in the local rental outlet, where it has a fashionable DVD jacket, a cast list that seems to never end the names of celebrities and famous actors, and a text on the back of the cover that suggests this movie is a very smart, eery horror movie.

Well. It is not. I watched it, and after about five hours - or was it just 2? time distorts with boredom... - it ended, and I also watched the "making of". Which explained a lot. The concept: The director wanted to shoot a movie. In Venice. With lots of famous actors that receive equally small salaries. Using only digital cameras and his own handheld camera rig inventions. Without a script, entirely improvised. Without. A. Script.

That should explain it all. Let's just describe one scene, somewhere in the movie: A hotel maid pours white liquid into two cocktail glasses that are placed in front of a business man on a cell phone. She undresses, dipping her breasts into both glasses in front of the - now just mildly distracted - business man, who continues to bark orders into his cell phone. She dips them in again. She stands up and gets dressed. The guy drinks the white liquid from the glasses. The sequence lasts a few minutes, is completely without reference or context, and just sits there, eager to provoke an audience reaction, but failing (in my case).

Or, the 10-minute flamenco dance shot simultaneously with 4 cameras. Impressive, but useless. There are many such scenes - out of context, without purpose, done purely for the joy of doing them.

Now don't get me wrong - the movie (if it can be called a movie) has its moments. Yes, with a lot of effort, you can almost make out a story (a film crew shooting a cheap movie in Venice, sticking to a weird dogma of guerilla-movie-making). There is a murder - or at least an attempted murder. And, the most memorable scene of the movie has to be the 15 minutes or so that we see the shot director lying on the ground, only able to move his eyes, while his cast come to him and talk to him, too self-absorbed to notice he's dying. The three other (sex) scenes playing in the other split screen windows at the same time look pale in comparison. (Note to director: 4 split screens is just too much!) Or the scene where a woman undresses, whispering comments to the audience ("Now, why should this be particularly interesting to you?" she asks, while removing the first item of clothing) before engaging in sex with the comatose director.

But do 2 memorable scenes make up for all the rest? After all, the DVD jacket sleeve promised thrills, chills, and cleverness. There was nothing thrilling about the entire movie at all. And, while it may think it's clever, it just isn't. The actors, left to improvise a story out of nowhere, fail to achieve much. In the beginning, Rhys Ifans (playing the director) grabs the screen, eager to be the centre of attention, and shouting so much that no one else gets noticed at all. No wonder they "improvised" his assassination - they must have been sick of not being noticed. Then, the rest of the cast fail to do anything creative, and most of the pleasure is in watching their movie-in-a-movie, which has more dialogue and more of a storyline, and more displays of acting skills than the rest of the story. Then, Salma Hayek tries to steal the show (by being incredibly annoying) and is improvised away, just as she becomes unbearable. Is there a pattern here?

The moral is, a movie without a script cannot be entertaining. Film students and artists may appreciate it, but the rest of the population won't. And, with 20-odd egos, it's impossible to make a good movie.

Quite frankly, only watch this if you are looking for material to write a bad review or a bad arts essay about. Or if you need something to satirize - the entire movie feels like an extended version of the short film that the arts teacher presents to her class in "Ghost World" - a bad joke at art's expense....

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