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|The White Countess|
Actors: Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave, Hiroyuki Sanada
Director: James Ivory
Genres: Art House & International, Drama, Military & War
A blind diplomat falls in love with an ex-countess working as a barmaid in 1930s Shanghai.
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Gerald R. from RACINE, WI
Reviewed on 8/12/2011...
This is a great movie. I can't believe it has only a three star rating.
The review shown alongside the other info are pretty good, but it still rates more respect.
Weather you love travel, history, costumes, glimpsing other cultures, or real drama, this movie rewards the viewer. It is film making as it should be. It is definitely worth watching more than once.
Kimberly S. from UKIAH, CA
Reviewed on 4/22/2010...
Enjoyable, but Ralph Fiennes preformance seems strained, yet still within the character.
S A A. (Learned2Heal)
Reviewed on 2/27/2010...
Duane posted a very nice review of this movie. The one thing he got wrong is the locale. It is situated in Shanghai. The Japanese are invading it.
The movie moves slowly, giving the viewer lots of time to relish the foreign flavors. It is an extremely well cast film and the acting is superb. Ralph Fiennes is wonderful as the blind diplomat, who is truly a diplomat to the core. He has a gentle, non-invasive mode of inducement that allows others to bend in the direction he points them in. This character is beautifully done and we can learn a lot from him about the gentle art of persuasion.
Natasha Richardson is superb as the beleaguered Russian countess whose fate has plunged her to sad depths, performing as a dance hall girl who sells "occasional favors" to some clients. It is not a little ironic that her labor supports her whole family (5 people total), yet they have, in essence, ostracized her for the very work they need her to perform for all of them to survive.
This movie is beautiful in structure, visuals and story. It is a historical memorandum, built around a fictional story. All filmed on location in Shanghai. Very beautifully done! Chalk another big point up for Merchant Ivory!
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