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A Beautiful Movie

by Gary Anderson on 7/2/2007

Relax and sip a chilled glass of wine while you watch this wonderful tale of drama in a foreign land. I highly recommend this movie. It is a timeless classic.

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Not bad. Not great, but not bad

by movie watcher on 2/24/2008

Ed Norton does a terrific job. Movie is a bit slow, but that's the movie itself. Wasn't blown away, but it was enjoyable.

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The story of a young english couple, walter, a middle class doctor and kitty, an upper-class woman, who get married for the wrong reason and relocate to shanghai, where she falls in love with someone else. When he uncovers her infidelity, he takes a job in china and takes her along which brings new meaning to them.


Studio Warner
SKU 204297808
UPC 012569585577
UPC 14 00012569585577
Format DVD
Release Date 5/8/2007
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Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Cast & Crew
Alexandre de Franceschi - Editor
Alexandre Desplat - Original Music By
Diana Rigg - Actor
Edward Norton - Actor
Edward Norton - Producer
John Curran - Director
Liev Schreiber - Actor
Naomi Watts - Actor
Peta Lawson - Art Director
Robert Katz - Executive Producer
Ron Nyswaner - Screenplay
Stuart Dryburgh - Cinematographer
W. Somerset Maugham - Based On Novel By
Winner (2007) Golden Globe, Alexandre Desplat, Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominee (2007) Independent Spirit, Edward Norton, Best Male Lead,Independent Spirit, Ron Nyswaner, Best Screenplay
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The Painted Veil, based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham, takes viewers on a journey into early 20th century rural China, where a cholera epidemic becomes the backdrop for shifts and growing pains in a fractured marriage. Due in large part to effective acting and a well developed screenplay, the movie provides a twofold source of satisfaction. In addition to developing real, believable characters, The Painted Veil provides an extended glimpse of what China was like during the 1920s. The movie achieves a rare balance for an historical fiction: making use of the backdrop without allowing it to overwhelm the characters and their story. The Painted Veil is a multifaceted motion picture, but the relationship between the protagonists remains the focal point.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
Review The third and best cinematic adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's 1925 novel, The Painted Veil is a beautifully mounted and incisively acted period piece, bristling with intelligence and caustic wit. And it marks yet another triumph for Naomi Watts. In a role first played by Greta Garbo in the creaky 1934 film version, the luminously beautiful and gifted Australian actress gives a sterling performance as a spoiled and restless British doctor's wife, literally and emotionally trapped in a remote Chinese village during a cholera epidemic in the 1920s. Starring opposite the equally fine Edward Norton, Watts finds the vulnerability and decency hidden beneath her character's selfish, petulant faade in this engrossing film, skillfully directed by John Curran (We Don't Live Here Anymore).
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
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Claudia Puig, USA Today ...for those drawn to intriguing tales of multi-dimensional characters in exotic settings.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle The year's best romantic drama.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor ...a lush mysteriousness that represents a bygone, almost antique style of romanticism.
Stephanie Zacharek, old-fashioned melodramatic epic never less than thrummingly alive.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer with history and heartbreak. It's stirring stuff.

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