A young writer tries to obtain romance letters a poet sent to his mistress.


Julien Landais


Jean Pavans (screenplay by), Julien Landais (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »





Credited cast:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Morton Vint
Vanessa Redgrave ... Juliana Bordereau
Joely Richardson ... Miss Tina
Lois Robbins ... Mrs. Prest
Jon Kortajarena ... Jeffrey Aspern
Poppy Delevingne ... Signora Colonna
Morgane Polanski ... Valentina
Barbara Meier ... Emily
Alice Aufray Alice Aufray ... Young Juliana
Nicolas Hau Nicolas Hau ... The Romantic Poet
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arianna Addonizio Arianna Addonizio ... Olimpia
Alessandro Bressanello ... The Tailor


A young writer tries to obtain romance letters a poet sent to his mistress.

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Rated R for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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In Anonymous, Joely Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave play Elizabeth Tudor, in earliest and latest years of her reign. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers played Henry VIII, Elizabeth's father, during all seasons of The Tudors, which makes the main actors of this movie royally related on screen. See more »


Version of The Lost Moment (1947) See more »


Dante Sonata
Written by Franz Liszt
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Watch this for the music and the setting - Rhys Meyers is strange here
28 February 2019 | by phd_travelSee all my reviews

I liked this artistically done movie adaptation of the Henry James story. It's beautifully shot in Venitian palazzi and the music is so appropriately used especially the Liszt piano music and Wagner at the end.

The Aspern Papers is a short novel so there's not a lot of story in this movie. But what's there is a still affecting tale of a writer with an ulterior motive and the spinster who might be able to give him the dead poet's letters he wants.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers acts strangely here - stiff and unconvincing. He delivers his lines theatrically with a strange American accent that doesn't quite convince. Joely does a convincing job as a whithered spinster who blossoms. Vanessa Redgrave really knows how to act like an old person who is in her final chapter of life.

Worth a watch.

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Release Date:

28 March 2019 (Argentina) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Venice, Veneto, Italy


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$9,277, 13 January 2019

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