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The White Countess (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, Romance | 31 March 2006 (UK)
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Set in 1930s Shanghai, where a blind American diplomat develops a curious relationship with a young Russian refugee who works odd -- and sometimes illicit -- jobs to support members of her dead husband's aristocratic family.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Countess Sofia Belinskya
... Olga Belinskya
... Grushenka
... Katya
... Prince Peter Belinsky
... Princess Vera Belinskya
... Samuel Feinstein
Timur Engalychev ... Feinstein Child
Lucy Sutton ... Feinstein Child
Amir Maimon ... Feinstein Child
Itay Eltahan ... Feinstein Child
Dan Herzberg ... Frenchman
... Maria (as Aislin Mcguckin)
Dong Fu Lin ... Taxi Dance Hall Manager (as Lin Dong Fu)
... Todd Jackson
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Shanghai. 1936. Crossroads of the world and into this city of political intrigue comes Sofia, a Russian Countess who, with the remains of her family, has been left stateless by the Revolution. Forced by her reduced circumstances to support herself and her family as a bar-girl and taxi dancer, Sofia forms a relationship with Jackson, a blind former diplomat who opens an elegant bar; The White Countess. Their curious relationship matures but they are caught up in the fall of the city to the Japanese invaders. Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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A Condessa Branca  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,712, 25 December 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,666,262, 23 April 2006
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Trivia

This is the second film in which sisters Vanessa Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave both appear. See more »

Goofs

The Japanese flag should have the chrysanthemum design instead of the rising sun design. See more »

Quotes

Taxi Dance Hall Manager: What are you doing? Dancing with a blind man! You will disturb the other guests.
Todd Jackson: You try and stop us.
[says something in Chinese]
Taxi Dance Hall Manager: You will disturb the other guests.
Sofia: If you have any objections, kindly go to hell.
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Referenced in Charlie Rose: Episode dated 30 December 2005 (2005) See more »

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HMS Pinafore Overture
(1878)
Written by W.S. Gilbert (as Gilbert) & Arthur Sullivan (as Sullivan)
Arranged by Richard Robbins
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a truly wonderful film
29 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

I was caught up in this film from the very beginning. For me, Richardson's performance is Oscar-worthy and Fiennes does a credible job as a recently blind diplomat doing his best to hide from the realities of the world by creating a world of his own. This film could be considered "Casablanca" turned on its head, where people of all different races and religions and beliefs come together at a nexus of great social turmoil, and the story of two small people doesn't amount a hill of beans to anyone but us, the audience. The White Countess is one of my favorite films of 2005. And I have to admit I'm not much of a Merchant-Ivory fan, but this one was truly exceptional.


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