The Libertine 2005 R CC

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In every generation, there comes along a person so scandalous, so rebellious, so willing to break taboos that they topple the world's ideas of what being a free spirit truly means. In the 17th century that person was unequivocally John Wilmot, AKA the 2nd Earl of Rochester the wily and talented rogue who in the course of his short, wild life, become known all at once as a troublemaker, a genius and one of history's most irrepressible believers in liberty.

Johnny Depp, Paul Ritter
1 hour, 55 minutes

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The Libertine

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Laurence Dunmore
Starring Johnny Depp, Paul Ritter
Supporting actors John Malkovich, Stanley Townsend, Francesca Annis, Rosamund Pike, Tom Hollander, Johnny Vegas, Richard Coyle, Tom Burke, Hugh Sachs, Rupert Friend, Kelly Reilly, Jack Davenport, Trudi Jackson, Samantha Morton, Clare Higgins, Freddie Jones, Robert Wilfort, Jake Curran
Studio The Weinstein Company
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Customer Reviews

Critics may love this movie because of the performances, but I doubt many viewers who just want to be entertained will like it.
Ben F. Small
Because of this same lack of light, the film has a very grainy look and all objects are drained of color imbuing a sepia tone throughout.
The picture was grainy, leaving me wondering if I had forgotten my glasses or that, perhaps, I had rented a bootleg copy of the film.

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220 of 232 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 13, 2006
If you go into THE LIBERTINE envisioning Johnny Depp in his previous role as Captain Jack Sparrow or Willy Wonka, forget it. You won't find a similar persona here.

THE LIBERTINE is a dark film that the studio wisely decided to release only after the Christmas holiday season. In it, Depp plays John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester (b. 1647 - d. 1680), whose life of debauchery was a public scandal even in a society that tolerated the loose morality of King Charles II and his court. Ironically, as the film makes a point of depicting, Charles (John Malkovich) reluctantly, but regularly, banished Rochester from the royal presence for the liberties the latter took in lampooning the former's free-wheeling lifestyle.

THE LIBERTINE is a depressing affair mainly because there's nobody in it to like. Moreover, neither Wilmot nor the viewers' sensitivities are spared the ravages of tertiary syphilis, the disease that ultimately kills the Earl; the film is a great argument for the advent of penicillin. Only Rosamund Pike as Rochester's long-suffering wife may gain audience sympathy. Elizabeth Barry (Samantha Morton), the struggling actress whose career Rochester takes upon himself to further, apparently for uncharacteristically altruistic reasons, matter-of-factly accepts his help but remained unengaging to this viewer. The gloom is enhanced by a cinematography accomplished in somber, washed-out tones, particularly brown and dark green, with lots of shadows and murky candle light. Even the daylight is muted, as if in winter.

Now having said why THE LIBERTINE isn't light and airy, I have to also say that it's a powerful display of Depp's superlative talent. If the film wasn't so bleak, I'd expect a stampede to nominate Johnny for an Oscar.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Margaret on March 22, 2006
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Johnny Depp's performance in this stunning film is beyond anything he has done before. You will see dimensions of his talent that will only become deeper and richer with time.

This movie casts it's spell and is difficult to leave behind. Against the Earl's best advice, I cannot help but like him.

Do not let the critics influence you about this film. See it for yourself and decide. Your time will not be wasted.
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96 of 105 people found the following review helpful By VINE VOICE on March 13, 2006
England, 1675. John Wilmot (Johnny Depp), the Earl of Rochester, finds his banishment lifted by King Charles II (John Malkovich). The King banished Wilmot a few months earlier for writing a poem critical of the Monarchy, but now Charles finds himself in a predicament. After fifteen years of increased personal, sexual and artistic freedoms, the British people are now dealing with disease, warfare and natural disaster. They aren't happy and this is testing Charles' reign. Charles decides Wilmot will write a play. However, Wilmot views his return to society as license to drink as much as he wants, sleep with as many people as possible and the King be damned.

"The Libertine", directed by Laurence Dunmore and written by Stephen Jeffreys, based on his own play, is a very good film, for the most part.

The film opens with Depp in darkness and shadow, holding a wine glass, moving towards the candlelight and into our view. Wilmot informs us "You will not like me". As he continues, he announces "Ladies, I am up for it all the time." This scene is already one of the most memorable in recent film. Because it is Johnny Depp, many women (and for that matter, some men) will swoon as soon as he appears onscreen, but as he begins to warn us, he further cements our memory of this character. His frank and open manner is very memorable.

Sure enough, as the film progresses, we don't like Wilmot. It is a testament to Depp's skill as an actor that we don't really care. Depp's portrayal is interesting and challenging, both of which more than make up for the lack of a likable hero in the story. Wilmot enjoys all of the pleasures of living in society and enjoys them well.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jay Dickson VINE VOICE on August 6, 2006
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The Restoration was one of the most exciting and decadent periods in English history, marked by great debauchery, great artistic achievement, and great fun. Films covering this period tend to do very well with the first two parts of this but weakly on the third: there seems to be instead an imperative to moralize about the Restoration, to suggest that all this extramarital sex and boozing and cursing had to come at a great price to the human soul. THE LIBERTINE is one of the most insistent films on this moralistic equation, focusing as it does on the last years of the Earl of Rochester, one of the greatest Restoration poets and wits who died at age 33 of alcoholism and syphilis. (The film emphasizes this decay, showing Rochester at the end with a rotting nose and supporating scabs, balancing awkwardly on two canes.) Although Rochester and his friends were dubbed "The Merry Gang" by Andrew Marvell, they show about as little merriness as possible in director Laurence Dunmore's vision: as the DVD's highly intriguing and innovatively edited documentary "Capturing the Libertine" shows, several of the film's best jokes were left out altogether, presumably because they would alter too much the overall dark tone Dunmore adopts. (The best of these jokes, by the way, involves Rochester's servant and a pineapple.)

The film has a very distinctive look to it: partly to emphasize the aura of menace and decay, but also as a cost-cutting measure, all of the outdoor scenes are obscured by thick dark smog and all of the indoor scenes are candlelit. Johnny Depp does terrific things as Rochester, although the screenplay requires him to be constantly foul-tempered and temperamentally anhedonic.
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