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The Libertine (2004) - Lawrence Dunmore

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Johnny Depp in The Libertine (2004) - Lawrence Dunmore

John Malkovich (right) in

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The Libertine is an English-language British 2004 film starring Johnny Depp, John Malkovich, Samantha Morton, and Rosamund Pike. It is directed by Lawrence Dunmore from Stephen Jeffreys' adaptation of the play of the same name. Johnny Depp's character is the poet John Wilmot. The film features the characters Charles II of England, John Wilmot and actress Elizabeth Barry. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Libertine_%282005_film%29

A frequently repeated anecdote holds that the seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Barry at first performed so unskillfully that she was fired from the company several times, but was transformed into a brilliant actress by the coaching of her lover, the Earl of Rochester. While multiple sources confirm that Rochester was Barry's lover, the only source for the coaching story is a Life of Barry published in 174065 years after the events by Edmund Curll, well-known for his fanciful and inaccurate biographies. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Barry [Jul 2006]

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I just finished watching The Libertine (2004) by Lawrence Dunmore starring Johnny Depp as John Wilmot (the 17th century equivalent of Lenny Bruce) and John Malkovich as king Charles II. I laughed, my jaw dropped earthwards several times and I wept. It is beautiful film and it makes you appreciate the beauty of playhouses (theatres) and the nature of acting in the age before the novel, film and television. I have seen both Depp (Pirates, Sleepy Hollow, Chocolate) and Malkovich (most recently in Time Regained after Proust, but before that there was Dangerous Liaisons) popping up in costume dramas and period pieces several times, just at a time when I'm getting into them. If you like this film you may also enjoy Russian Ark. 8/10. [Jun 2006]

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