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|The Affair of the Necklace|
Actors: Hilary Swank, Simon Baker, Jonathan Pryce, Adrien Brody, Brian Cox
Director: Charles Shyer
WEALTH AND DESIRE. POLITICS AND CORRUPTION. CELEBRITY AND SEXUALITY. AN 18TH-CENTURY FRENCHWOMAN COMBINES THEM ALL IN A TREACHEROUS SCHEME TO ACQUIRE THE 2800-CARAT DIAMOND NECKLACE THAT WILL ENABLE HER TO BUY BACK THE ROY... more »
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Ginger G. (ggoetz) from TAYLOR MILL, KY
Reviewed on 7/10/2012...
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie - beautiful cinematography, acting (for the most part) was quite good. The costumes are gorgeous. It was a nice afternoon of entertainment. The storyline may not have been completely accurate, but that's why I viewed it - for entertainment - not as a history lesson.
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Gayle B. from COLORADO SPGS, CO
Reviewed on 6/11/2012...
Dull & contrived for the most part. I agree with other reviewers that the supporting actors were great, Swank just wasn't believable in this role.
Someone, please strangle her with that necklace
Leah M. Brown | Anchorage, Alaska USA | 07/15/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"What a wretched piece of cinema. I mean, truly wretched. And the fault lies almost totally with Hillary Swank. She plays Jeanne de la Motte with such-over-the top mellodrama. She never seems to totally connect with the character, giving us this wide-eyed, fast-talking character that is neither compelling nor sympathetic.What an utter shame. For she was surrounded by some true talent. The actor who plays Cardinal de Rohan is fantastic. In fact, all of the secondary actors and actresses do a decent job. There's also the matter of the wildly inaccurate retelling of history. Clearly the writers and director wanted viewers to feel terribly sorry for poor little Jeanne. They perverted history in the telling of the story, casting Jeanne in the role of the poor, innocent, misused and discarded aristocrat who is justified in her actions. The truth was, Jeanne de la Motte was a whore and a thief, a con-woman who helped topple the monarchy and murder a queen. For more information on the affair of the necklace, read Simon Schama's book Citizens, or visit the award-winning website, Let Them Eat Cake.The costumes in this movie are phenomenal. Truly eye candy. If it weren't for the wonderful sets and splendid costumes, this movie would have rated a ZERO."
ithaca4e | Los Angeles, CA USA | 12/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderful film; one with talented acting, surperb cinematography, and a well fitted contemporary music score. Sadly, I'm not as sangine about the prospects for this film's popularity as a previous reviewer. It's not the film's fault, but rather the fault of the majority of the popular viewing public who may not relish finely made historical dramas that contain such Machiavellian intrigue, mixed with the struggle for personal vindication. This is a film that will be mainly appreciated by a more knowledgeable and educated audience. I would suggest that a brushing up on the social and political history of late 18th century France would be helpful in adding to the richness of experience that this film has to offer."
A Falsification of History.
JB | 07/05/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I understand that historic episodes adapted into film must be changed to a certain degree in order to be viewable in the movie theaters.However, in this case, real History is far more interesting and complex than the horror they made when writting the script of this movie and this is why:
-In the movie, Jeanne de la Motte descended from the Valois royal family, and her wealthy father got killed because he wanted people to be free and he could lay claim to the French throne...False! In reality, Jeanne claimed to descend from an Ilegitimate son of Henri II of Valois(The Bastard of Angouleme) which means her father had no legal rights on the French throne.Moreover, her father was a drunk in real life and her mother was a prostitute.
-In the movie Jeanne also is presented as a victim of the Monarchy, by writting her memoirs. The movie doesn't mention however that Jeanne falsely implicated Marie Antoinette in the Affair of the Necklace and she blackmailed her up untill the revolution.The Queen was innocent of everything.
In other words, the movie presents a rather innocent almost angelic Jeanne de la Motte when in reality she was a far darker, more corrupted woman who never stopped intriguing untill the time of her death.
The only thing worth seeing about this movie are the costumes and sets: they are extremely accurate and they got the chance to film some scenes in Versailles which is very rare.
Let's hope Sofia Coppola makes this story more justice in her upcoming picture "Marie Antoinette"..."