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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.

Director:

James Ivory

Writer:

Kazuo Ishiguro (original screenplay)
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natasha Richardson ... Countess Sofia Belinskya
Lynn Redgrave ... Olga Belinskya
Madeleine Potter ... Grushenka
Madeleine Daly ... Katya
John Wood ... Prince Peter Belinsky
Vanessa Redgrave ... Princess Vera Belinskya
Allan Corduner ... Samuel Feinstein
Timur Engalychev Timur Engalychev ... Feinstein Child
Lucy Sutton Lucy Sutton ... Feinstein Child
Amir Maimon Amir Maimon ... Feinstein Child
Itay Eltahan Itay Eltahan ... Feinstein Child
Dan Herzberg Dan Herzberg ... Frenchman
Aislín McGuckin ... Maria (as Aislin Mcguckin)
Dong Fu Lin Dong Fu Lin ... Taxi Dance Hall Manager (as Lin Dong Fu)
Ralph Fiennes ... Todd Jackson
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Germany | China | USA

Language:

English | French | Mandarin | Russian

Release Date:

31 March 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Condessa Branca See more »

Filming Locations:

Shanghai, China

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Katya is having her hair combed, a fly lands on her forehead - and then jumps onto the camera lens. See more »

Quotes

Sofia: We all have to fall in love from time to time... To feed our daughters, and our mothers. And sisters.
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Connections

Referenced in Charlie Rose: Episode dated 30 December 2005 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Song You're Hearing (Ni ting dao de ge sheng)
Written by Min Yao (as Ming Yao) & Lian Sun Chen
Performed by The White Countess Band
EMI Music Publishing Hong Kong and C.A.S.H.
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A beautiful, other worldly movie, not for the faint-hearted
28 May 2007 | by tuffley-1See all my reviews

The poignancy of this movie outweighs any shortcomings in the directorial department. I found myself immersed in the milieu of 1930's ShangHai, a place and time I had only read of and subsequently wondered about.

The real strength of this movie is the accessibility with which powerful emotion is portrayed. I found I had real empathy for the characters.

The characters were played superbly by one of the most pedigreed casts I've seen in a while.

The pace was slow, but measured and well-suited to the plot.

Ralph Fiennes was a convincing lead -- the image of him reminds me of TS Eliot mixed with Rick Blaine (Casablanca).

Natasha Richardson is brilliant in this role. Understated and quite believable.

All in all a beautiful, other worldly movie, and not for the faint-hearted.


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