Vanity Fair

Directed By: Mira Nair Starring: Reese Witherspoon James Purefoy

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Unsatisfied with her lower-class birthright, beautiful, calculating becky sharp is resolved to conquer high society by any means necessary, employing all of her wit, guile, and sexuality to move her way up. Adapted from the classic novel.


Studio Universal
SKU 40700766
UPC 025192500121
UPC 14 00025192500121
Format DVD
Release Date 1/4/2008
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Reese Witherspoon is surprisingly effective as Becky Sharp in Mira Nair's lush adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic novel of Victorian England, VANITY FAIR. Nair, known for such films as SALAAM BOMBAY!, MISSISSIPPI MASALA, and MONSOON WEDDING, tells the compelling story of a young orphan girl, Sharp, who attempts to rise above her station in very class-conscious British society. Sharp enters this very rich and rigid world as a governess who captures the heart of Rawdon Crawley (James Purefoy), who chooses love over the family fortune, a financial decision that could potentially doom the relationship. Meanwhile, her best friend, Amelia Sedley (Romola Garai), lets true love slip right through her fingers. As war rages on against Napoleon and the French, Sharp continues her ascension, though she's met by naysayers and gossipmongers every step of the way.|Nair has put together a terrific cast, including Gabriel Byrne, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Douglas Hodge, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, and Rhys Ifans. Natasha Little, who played Becky Sharp in a 1999 BBC miniseries, appears here as Lady Jane, and British favorite Eileen Atkins is hysterical as Miss Matilda Crawley. Splendid costumes, beautiful locations (including Hampton Court Gardens and India), high-quality acting, and gorgeous music combine to make this a worthy version of a classic tale about a feminist ahead of her time.
Movieline's Hollywood Life "Witherspoon holds her own against these lions of British cinema....The actress has the requisite wit and smarts..." 09/01/2004 p.114-15
New York Times "Ms. Witherspoon, as usual, conveys a bristly, determined spunk." 09/01/2004 p.E1
Film Comment "[B]y the final scene, you feel as though lives have been lived." 09/30/2004 p.72-3
Los Angeles Times "VANITY FAIR is a never-ending Western story that benefits from Nair's philosophically Eastern point of view." 09/01/2004 p.E1
Chicago Sun-Times "[Nair] has an instinctive feel for the comic possibilities of marital alliances, as she showed in her wonderful MONSOON WEDDING." 09/03/2004 p.31
Sight and Sound "[With a] smart pace and exuberant style..." 02/01/2005 p.75-6
USA Today "Nair's treatment is exotic and full of color..." 02/04/2005 p.6D
Mira Nair
Reese Witherspoon
James Purefoy
Cast & Crew
Allyson C. Johnson - Editor
Angelica Mandy - Actor
Declan Quinn - Cinematographer
Donna Gigliotti - Producer
Gabriel Byrne - Actor
Janette Day - Producer
Julian Fellowes - Screenplay
Kate Fleetwood - Actor
Lillete Dubey - Actor
Lydia Dean Pilcher - Producer
Mark Skeet - Screenplay
Matthew Faulk - Screenplay
Mira Nair - Director
Reese Witherspoon - Actor
Roger Lloyd-Pack - Actor
Romola Garai - Actor
Ruth Sheen - Actor
William Makepeace Thackeray - Based On Novel By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 25001
UPC 00025192500121
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 141 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review There's always a risk inherent in adapting a lengthy classic novel, and pacing is often the first ca
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review Vanity Fair is a conscientious adaptation of the William Makepeace Thackeray novel. A lot of
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Some of the film's best moments come when characters administer verbal flayings to one another. Mati
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, French
Product Attributes
Actor Witherspoon,Reese
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer A triumph for its director and its star.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune Graced with Nair's loving direction, Witherspoon's radiance and that great cast, it is a treat, if somewhat less so than the novel.
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post Witherspoon's simply terrific...

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