Vanity Fair (2004)
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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.|
"Graced with Nair's loving direction, Witherspoon's radiance and that great cast, it is a treat, if somewhat less so than the novel. Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Witherspoon's simply terrific... Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
Editor's NoteReese 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.
Cast & Crew
|Allyson C. Johnson - Editor|
|Declan Quinn - Cinematographer|
|Donna Gigliotti - Producer|
|Janette Day - Producer|
|Julian Fellowes - Screenplay|
|Lydia Dean Pilcher - Producer|
|Mark Skeet - Screenplay|
|Matthew Faulk - Screenplay|
|Mira Nair - Director|
|William Makepeace Thackeray - Based On Novel By|