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Stage Beauty (2004)

 -  Drama  -  3 September 2004 (UK)
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A female theatre dresser creates a stir and sparks a revolution in seventeenth century London theatre by playing Desedmona in Othello. But what will become of the male actor she once worked for and eventually replaced?

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Thomas Betterton
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George Villiers II - Duke of Buckingham
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Call Boy
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Miss Frayne
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Lady Meresvale
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Thomas Cockerell
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Based in the 1660's of London's theaters, this film is about the rules of gender roles in theatre production, and means to change them for everyone's benefit. Ned Kynaston is the assumedly gay cross-dressing actor who has been playing female parts in plays for years, particularly Desdemona in Othello, he also has a close relationship with a member of the Royal Court, the Duke of Buckingham. One day however, the rules of only men playing women could change when aspiring actress Maria auditions as Kynaston's praised role, Desdemona, and soon enough, King Charles II decides to make the law that all female roles should be played only by women. Maria becomes a star, while Ned finds himself out of work. But after a while, Ned finds it in his nature to forgive Maria's aspiration, they may even fall in love, and Charles may proclaim women will be played by either gender. Written by Jackson Booth-Millard

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She was the first of her kind. He was the last of his.

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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3 September 2004 (UK)  »

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$38,654 (USA) (8 October 2004)

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$776,691 (USA) (26 November 2004)
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This movie is set in 1660 but the style of dress the men are wearing won't be worn till 1666, six years later. That is when Charles II introduced the 3 piece suit (coat, vest & britches) to the court. The fashion caught on rapidly. Within weeks all the men of court were wearing suits. Even Samuel Pepys began to wear a 3 piece suit with a few months. This was also the time when men began to wear something tied around their necks. This combination of coat, vest, britches and neck-wear has been worn by men in some variation ever since. See more »

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The word "fan" (short for "fanatic"), meaning an enthusiastic admirer, was not used in this sense until the late eighteenth century. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Betterton: I played the Moor.
Stage door hanger-on: You look... different.
Thomas Betterton: Yes... I'm not really black.
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Screen Beauty
27 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Billy Crudup is an actor I follow with feverish anticipation. I saw him for the first time on Broadway, about 10 years ago, in a Stoppard play. It was love at first sight. A sensual, magnetic, beautiful man. "Jesus Son" "Waking the Dead" and "Almost Famous" confirmed my initial impression. Here we have an actor for the ages. A unique, monumental talent. "Stage Beauty" however, gives me pause. Billy is entrusted with a bigger than life role and he comes out of it with a half cooked, self conscious, affected performance. He underlines every other line with a semi smile, a slight pressure of the mouth as if he didn't trust the power of his own delivery. It could be treated as a character trait if you've never seen Billy Crudup before but that tic belongs to the actor not to the character. I'm, of course, being a bit anal retentive. At his weakest, Billy is stronger than most but my expectations are so high that something like that would throw me out of my involvement with his character. The film as a whole is lovely and fun. The one most effective element is Rupert Everett's performance as Charles II, his best - an that is saying a lot - in many, many moons. Comparasions with "Shakespeare in Love" are unavoidable but totally misguiding. See it for what it is and you'll enjoy it thoroughly.


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