Venus in Fur ()

La Vénus à la fourrure (original title)
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An actress attempts to convince a director how she's perfect for a role in his upcoming production.


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Directed by

Roman Polanski

Written by

David Ives ... (play)
Roman Polanski ... (screenplay) &
David Ives ... (screenplay)
Leopold von Sacher-Masoch ... (novel)

Produced by

Robert Benmussa ... producer
Mariusz Lukomski ... associate producer
Wojciech Palys ... associate producer (as Wojtek Palys)
Alain Sarde ... producer

Music by

Alexandre Desplat

Cinematography by

Pawel Edelman

Film Editing by

Hervé de Luze
Margot Meynier

Editorial Department

François Dupuy ... technical manager: digimage
Charles Fréville ... colorist
Elsa Perrin ... conform editor / digital lab operator
Karine Prido ... first assistant editor
Virginie Seguin ... assistant editor
Julien Souchet ... dailies coordinator
Antoine Yar ... digital lab operator

Production Design by

Jean Rabasse

Art Direction by

Alexis McKenzie Main
Bruno Via

Set Decoration by

Philippe Cord'homme

Costume Design by

Dinah Collin

Makeup Department

Anais Lavergne ... assistant makeup artist
Didier Lavergne ... makeup artist
Sarra Na ... hair stylist

Production Management

Frédéric Blum ... production manager
Guy Courtecuisse ... post-production manager
Gabrielle Hanne ... assistant production manager
Vincent Lefeuvre ... unit production manager
Laurent Perrot ... unit manager
Pierre-Axel Vuillaume-Prézeau ... assistant production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Hubert Engammare ... first assistant director

Art Department

Philippe Auclaire ... construction manager
Dièné Bérété ... set designer
Clément Chapelle ... buyer
Pascal Chevé ... plasterer supervisor
Philippe Cord'homme ... set dresser
Carine Demongueres ... set designer
Manuel Mougin ... property master
Celine Paumier ... buyer
Bruno Via ... art director
François Willenz ... digital artist

Sound Department

Lucien Balibar ... sound
Niels Barletta ... sound mastering engineer
Nicolas Becker ... foley artist
Simon Courtecuisse ... sound assistant
Laure-Anne Darras ... assistant sound editor
Rémi Daru ... boom operator
Raphaël Devillers ... sound mix technician
Cyril Holtz ... re-recording mixer
Mélanie Moreira ... sound assistant
Nadine Muse ... sound editor

Visual Effects by

Jerome Binckly ... digital compositor
Emilien Breuillier ... visual effects
Estelle Chesneau ... digital compositor
Benoit De Longlee ... cg supervisor
Olivier Debert ... visual effects artist
Thierry Flament ... visual effects artist
Fabien Guiliani ... cg supervisor
Laurie Kotfila ... i/o vfx support
Thibault Martegani ... digital compositor
Frederic Moreau ... visual effects designer
Sarah Moreau ... visual effects producer
Fred Roz ... end titles / titles
Mikael Tanguy ... visual effects supervisor
Olivier Veau ... digital compositor

Camera and Electrical Department

Jérôme Baudouin ... electrician
Louise Blum ... camera trainee
Guy Ferrandis ... still photographer
Jan Gagnaire ... grip
Antonin Gendre ... key grip
Cédric Guerby ... electrician
Zbigniew Gustowski ... focus puller
Marie Lafont ... video assist
Kevin Laot ... second assistant camera
Jonathan Ly ... grip
Mikael Monod ... gaffer
Fabienne Octobre ... b camera focus puller
Marcus Pohlus ... steadicam operator
Jeremi Prokopowicz ... camera operator (as Jeremiasz Prokopowicz)
Giovanni Quéné ... grip
Julien Saffroy ... additional grip

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Denise Diallo ... costumer
Camille Joste ... costumière patine teinture
Karen Muller Serreau ... costumer

Music Department

Romain Allender ... composer assistant / music programmer
Jean-Pascal Beintus ... orchestrator
Nicolas Charron ... orchestrator
Xavier Forcioli ... score coordinator
Dominique Lemonnier ... score producer
Sylvain Morizet ... orchestrator
Simon Rhodes ... score mixer / score recordist

Script and Continuity Department

Sylvette Baudrot ... script supervisor
Anna Zenowicz ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

Malgosia Abramowska ... assistant to Roman Polanski
Nicholas Dalton ... legal services
Abel Gerschenfeld ... translator
Virginie Picat ... press
Myriam Rak ... legal clearance supervisor
Jean-Pierre Vincent ... press attache
Huma Khan ... legal post production (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

After a long and fruitless day of auditions for the lead role in his new play--an adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's 1870 novella, Venus in Fur--exhausted and frustrated director Thomas Novacheck is about to call it quits for the day. And then, soaked to the bone, Vanda walks into the dark and eerily vacant Parisian theatre, ready to try her luck and Thomas' patience. However, as the assertive and seemingly unfit for the part young actress takes the stage, a grand miracle occurs, transforming mysterious Vanda into the novel's central female character, Wanda von Dunajew. Now, there is no turning back. And between reality and fiction, the boundaries separating apathy from obsession and master from servant become increasingly difficult to distinguish. Written by Nick Riganas

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Also Known As
  • Wenus w futrze (Poland)
  • Venus in Fur (Europe, English title)
  • Venus in Fur (United States)
  • Venus in Fur (Egypt, English title)
  • Venus in Fur (Canada, English title)
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  • 96 min
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Trivia The movie is based on the play "Venus in Fur" by David Ives. In the play, both Vanda Jordan and the character Wanda von Dunayev are 24 years old. The lines referencing the characters age were cut from the film. Emmanuelle Seigner was in her late 40s during filming. See more »
Movie Connections References Stagecoach (1939). See more »
Crazy Credits Behind the credits are images of classical artworks depicting Venus. Titles, in French as per the credits, are as follows - Titian: Vénus a sa toilette (1555) (National Gallery of Art, Washington) Ferdinand Bol: Vénus et Adonis (1658) (Rijksmuseum) Titian: Vénus a sa toilette (1555) Rubens: Vénus au miroir (1616) Rubens: La Toilette de Vénus (1608) Diego Velasquez: Venus au miroir (1651) Hans Memling: La vanité (1485) École de Fontainebleu: : La Toilette de Vénus (around 1550) Sandro Biotticelli: La naissance de Vénus (1485) Alexandre Cabanel: La naissance de Vénus (1863) Emil Jacobs: Vénus allongé et Cupidon (1839) Nicolas Poussin: Vénus dormant avec l'Amour (1628) Titian: Danae (1546) Rembrandt: Danae (1636) Joseph Helmz l'ancien: Vénus endormie (around 1600) Alessandro Allon: Vénus et Cupidon (16th century) Titian: Danae (1544) Lambert Sustris: Vénus et l'Amour (1515) Domenico Zampieri: Vénus (17th century) Jacopo Palma: Vénus allongée (1520) (Bridgeman Art Library) The final image is of the "Venus De Milo". See more »
Quotes Thomas: She taught me the most valuable thing in the world.
Vanda: And what did she teach you?
Thomas: That nothing is more sensual than pain. That nothing is more exciting than degradation.
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