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Isabel Archer, an American heiress and free thinker travels to Europe to find herself. She tactfully rebuffs the advances of Caspar Goodwood, another American who has followed her to England. Her cousin, Ralph Touchett, wise but sickly becomes a soulmate of sorts for her. She makes an unfortunate alliance with the creepy Madame Merle who leads her to make an even more unfortunate alliance with Gilbert Osmond, a smooth but cold collector of Objets' de art who seduces her with an intense but unattainable sexuality. Isabel marries Osmond only to realize she's just another piece of art for his collection and that Madame Merle and Osmond are lovers who had hatched a diabolical scheme to take Isabel's fortune. Isabel's only comfort is the innocent daughter of Osmond, Pansy, but even that friendship is spoiled when Countess Gemini, Osmond's sister, reveals the child's true parentage. Isabel finally breaks free of Osmond and returns to Ralph's bedside, where, while breathing his last, they ... Written by
Teresa B. <O'Donnell@worldnet.att.net>
If you've read the book, don't see it. If you haven't, you'll probably love it!
Isabel Archer is a complex, beautiful character as Henry James created her. She is assertive and a dreamer, if slightly naive. She is slightly uncomfortable in the new setting of England, having just moved there from America after her parents died, and the last thing she would do in front of her uncle is cry! She would also never let Gilbert Osmond (Malcovich's character) know he had hurt her - she kept all this inside. There is a subtle way to show these internal psychodramas, but Jane Campion could not find it.
I saw Portrait of a Lady after i read the book, so my experience was heavily coloured by that. The book is filled with sensitive characterisations and delicate psychodramas. One way of dramatising these internal conflicts is voice-over, instead the compromise here was to have Nicole Kidman cry at the drop of a chapeau. Just not at all in the Henry James tradition.
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