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The Libertine (2004)

 -  Drama  -  10 March 2006 (USA)
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The story of John Wilmot, a.k.a. the Earl of Rochester, a 17th century poet who famously drank and debauched his way to an early grave, only to earn posthumous critical acclaim for his life's work.

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In 1660, with the return of Charles II to the English throne, theater, the visual arts, science and sexual promiscuity flourish. Thirteen years later, in the midst of political and economical problems, Charles II asks for the return of his friend John Wilmot, aka the second Earl of Rochester, from exile back to London. John is a morally-corrupt drunkard and a sexually- active cynical poet. When the King asks John to prepare a play for the French ambassador so as to please him, John meets the aspiring actress Elizabeth Barry in the playhouse and decides to make her into a great star. He falls in love with her and she becomes his mistress. During the presentation to the Frenchman, he falls into disgrace with the court. When he was thirty-three years old and dying of syphilis and alcoholism, he converts to being a religious man. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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He didn't resist temptation. He pursued it.

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$75,062 (Brazil) (7 July 2006)

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$146,241 (Brazil) (14 July 2006)
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Most of the film was lit using candles rather than conventional movie lights. In order to keep the effect of candles but still get enough light, cinematographer Alexander Melman designed a special piece of equipment, a stand than held a bank of candles and a reflective backing. These were known on the set as Birthday Cakes. See more »

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When the King talks to Lizzie at the theater, her shoulders are alternately covered, then naked and covered again, without any visible cause. See more »

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Rochester: Allow me to be frank at the commencement. You will not like me. The gentlemen will be envious and the ladies will be repelled. You will not like me now and you will like me a good deal less as we go on. Ladies, an announcement: I am up for it, all the time. That is not a boast or an opinion, it is bone hard medical fact. I put it round you know. And you will watch me putting it round and sigh for it. Don't. It is a deal of trouble for you and you are better off watching and drawing...
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A dark and muddy experience of realism
15 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to work as an extra on The Libertine and from my three day experience I was confused as to how this film would look when it was finally released. It seemed to be shot in a hurried, slightly chaotic manner but upon seeing the final product I realise the genius of those involved with this movie. It captures so much a dark and frenzied time in history, full of intrigue and plotting. It is such a dark and muddy film but added up to a unique and refreshingly different cinematic experience. Thought it was Johhny Depp's best performance to date and also Samantha Mortan was fabulous as the determined and hardened actress who succeeded in out smarting the Earl and getting what she wanted. Hope this marks the start of more realism in todays films and sure in the end it will become a cult favourite even if it has limited success now.


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