- The Libertine (2005 film)
name = The Libertine
caption = "The Libertine" film poster
Johnny Depp John Malkovich Samantha Morton Rosamund Pike
producer = John Malkovich,
The Weinstein Company
23 November 2004( UK), 10 March 2005(U.S.)
runtime = 130 minutes/UK: 114 mn
language = English
imdb_id = 0375920
"The Libertine" is a movie that was widely released in the
United Kingdomon 25 November 2005, and on 10 March 2006in the United States. (Having first been shown on 16 September 2004at the Toronto Film Festival, and then opening in New York and Los Angeles on 25 November 2005, for a one-week award-qualifying run.) [http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=9350]
Johnny Depp, John Malkovich, Samantha Morton, and Rosamund Pike. It is directed by Laurence Dunmore(his debut film) from Stephen Jeffreys' adaptation of his play of the same name. Johnny Depp plays the main character, John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, a notorious rake and libertine poetin the court of King Charles II of England. Samantha Morton plays Elizabeth Barry, an actress who becomes brilliant when coached by Rochester, who is her lover. John Malkovich plays the King who cares about John dearly, but cannot have him ruin his reputation as King. A prevalent aspect of the film is the use of sex and sexually related activities as a form of common escapism. The film was rated R by the US MPAA. In the UK, it has been rated 18.
Lord Rochester's suspected
bisexuality is only hinted at in most of the film (besides the prologue, in which he makes a fairly blunt warning to the audience that his sexual appetite extends further than heterosexual limitations). Tabloids had Johnny Depp (Rochester) sharing a steamy kiss with Rupert Friend(Downs), but their relationship has been reduced to two brief, ambiguous scenes.
"Tagline: He didn't resist temptation. He pursued it."
In need of Rochester’s writing skill, King Charles II (Malkovich) summons the Earl (Depp) back to
London, retracting his earlier banishment. As in life, Rochester is shown carrying on with his friends, the Merry Gang, including George Etherege(Hollander) and Charles Sackville(Vegas). On his way back to the court, Rochester comes across a thief, Alcock (Coyle), and hires him as his gentlemanon the spot. For one of his first social engagements in London, he takes in a play featuring Elizabeth Barry(Morton), who is booed off the stage and fired by the company for her poor performance. Rochester is taken with Barry and bets Etherege that can make her a renowned actress in a year’s time. As when Rochester met Barry in reality, he immediately begins to tutor her and they fall in love.
Meanwhile, Charles asks Rochester to write a great work about him, to bolster his legacy as king. Barry delivers a brilliant performance at her next play and Etherege pays off his debt to Rochester. The king pays Barry to spy on Rochester to keep track of his progress. Billy Downs (Friend) joins the Merry Gang, and becomes a close friend of Rochester’s. Charles, in need of money from France, asks Rochester to write an extravagant play in honor of the French Ambassador’s visit, hoping it will impress the Ambassador to lend his support. Instead, Rochester writes "A Satyr on Charles II", which involves nude actors, phallic imagery, the distribution of ornate
dildos, and a scathingly veridical criticism of the King played by Rochester himself. Outraged, Charles interrupts the play and Rochester flees. Rochester continues to slide into debauchery, creating a skirmish outside a house of prostitution that leads to Downs’s death.
For six months Rochester escapes the scrutiny of the King while suffering the effects of
syphilis. Hiding in the English countryside under the pseudonym of Doctor Bendo with the help of Alcock and Jane, his concubineand confidant. Rochester conceals his facial gummatabeneath a mask and peddles medical services. Eventually he is found, but instead of any capital punishment, the King decides a worse fate would be to ignore him, in his words, “condemning you to be you for the rest of your days”. He returns to his wife (Pike) and his home, where his mother convinces him to renounce his atheismand accept Christianity.
In the meantime, Charles’s unpopular support of
Catholicism in Englandhas led to his political beating in Parliament. Unable to conceive any heirs with his wife it was feared that his Catholic brother, James, Duke of Yorkwould become king. So Parliament introduced the Exclusion Billto deny James the throne which seemed sure to pass by 15 votes. Rochester makes a dramatic entrance into Parliament, wearing a silver nosepiece, because he is nose-less, heavy pancake makeup to conceal the ravages of syphilis, and hobbling on two canes, and eloquently denounces the Bill, to his heroic shame. As Rochester walks off, the subsequent vote kills the bill by over 40 votes. He goes to see Barry who reveals they had a daughter together, yet she rejects him. He returns to his home to his deathbed. Recalling fond memories, he dies with his wife, mother, and Alcock by his side.
Johnny Deppas John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester
John Malkovichas King Charles II of England
Samantha Mortonas Elizabeth Barry
Rosamund Pikeas Elizabeth Wilmot, Countess of Rochester(née Elizabeth Malet)
Tom Hollanderas Sir George Etherege
Johnny Vegasas Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset
Richard Coyleas Alcock
Rupert Friendas Billy Downs
Jack Davenportas Harris
Kelly Reillyas Jane
Name = The Libertine
music for the film by Laurence Dunmore
Type = soundtrack
Cover size = 200
Caption = photograph by Michael Nyman
design by Russell Mills and
November 29, 1995 June 24, 2008 (USA: reissue)
Recorded = August 2004 (Angel Recording Studios Limited,
March 2005 (
Olympic Studios, London)
Soundtrack, Contemporary classical music, Minimalist music
Length = 48:05
Language = English
Producer = Michael Nyman
Last album =
The Piano Sings
This album = The Libertine
Next album =
"The Libertine" is the third release on
Michael Nyman's own label, MN Records, and the first to receive distribution in the United States, by Inner Knot Records. It is his 50th album release overall. When Naxos Recordsbegan distributing MN Records in the United States in 2008, it was included and began appearing in large quantitites in stores. This is Nyman's last score for a major motion picture to date, and his last soundtrack release.
The score includes the song "If" (as "Rochester's farewell," with partially changed lyrics, removal of the quotes from "Time Lapse" from "
A Zed & Two Noughts", and the addition of a setting of the " Kyrie") performed by Hilary Summers, who originally performed it in the film, "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1995). It also includes an abridgement by Jeffreys of one of Wilmot's most famous poems, "Signior Dildo", also sung by Ms. Summers. A recurring theme on the album which first appears in "Upon drinking in a bowl" for solo viola, became the basis of the "Interlude in C" for Accent007ensemble. "The maimed debauchee" is a fairly brief piece, but resembles the Interlude at its climax. The theme reappears in a longer version as "Against constancy."
The album primarily follows the order of the film, but there are exceptions, including "My Lord all-pride," which immediately follows "Signior Dildo" in the film, as Wilmot steps out from curtains painted to resemble female genitalia.
Portions of the score appear in all-brass arrangments on the album,
#History of the insipid
#Upon drinking in a bowl
#Impromptu on an English court
#The maimed debauchee
#A ramble in St. James's Park
#My Lord all-pride
#The imperfect enjoyment
#A satire against reason
#A satire upon mankind
#Upon leaving his mistress
Michael Nyman Orchestra
*Cathy Thompson, violin (leader)
*Thomas Bowes, violin
*Bev Davison, violin
Manon Derome, violin
Clive Dobbins, violin
Jonathan Evans-Jones, violin
Rebecca Hirsch, violin
Philippa Ibbotson, violin
Helen Paterson, violin
Debbie Widdup, violin
Kate Musker, viola
Jonathan Barritt, viola
James Boyd, viola
Richard Cookson, viola
John Metcalfe, viola
*Bruce White, viola
Tony Hinnigan, cello
Nick Cooper, cello
*Sophie Harris, cello
William Scholfield, cello
Linda Houghton, double bass
Martin Elliott, bass guitar
David Roach, soprano, alto sax
Simon Haram, soprano, alto sax
Jamie Talbot, soprano, tenor sax
baritone sax, flute, piccolo
*David Lee, horn
Nigel Barr, bass trombone
Martin Allen, percussion
Michael Nyman, piano
Hilary Summers, contralto
conducted, and produced by Michael Nyman
*Assistant to the composer:
*Recorded, mixed, and edited by
Mat Bartramand Roland Heap
Boosey and Hawkes Music Publisgers/Michael Nyman Ltd. 2005Except Track 15, music by Michael Nyman, text by Stephen JeffreysPublished by Chester Music Ltd./Michael Nyman Ltd. 2005
*Special thanks to
Annette Gentz, Elizabeth Lloyd, Rachel Thomas, Polly Hope, Andrew Thompson, James Ware, Declan Colganand especially Laurnce Dunmore
*Design by Russell Mills (shed) [http://www.russellmills.com]
Michael Webster(storm) [http://www.michael-webster.co.uk]
Photographyby Michael Nyman
The film has grossed a total of $4.8 million in the
United Statesand $10.8 million worldwide [http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=libertine.htm]
John Malkovich, who served as both actor and producer in the film, had appeared as the main character, Lord Rochester, in its first run on stage but had himself asked Johnny Deppto take the role in the movie version.
Johnny Depp, Tom Hollander, and Jack Davenportalso have starring roles together in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" film series.
Tom Hollander, Rosamund Pike, Kelly Reilly, and Rupert Friendall later worked together on 2005's "Pride and Prejudice"
Jack Davenportand Richard Coylestarred in the UK-sitcom "Coupling"
* Johnny Depp suggested that
Captain Jack Sparrow, his "Pirates of the Caribbean" character, had had his nose sliced off in a battle and had it poorly stitched back on, causing him to have a mortal fear of dust, pepper and anything else that might cause him to sneeze it off. The producers nixed the idea, but his character of Wilmot shares a similar ailment.
* [http://www.thelibertine-movie.com/ Official site]
* [http://www.apple.com/trailers/weinstein/thelibertine/trailer/ "The Libertine" trailer (Apple Quicktime format)]
* [http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/libertine/ The Libertine at Rotten Tomatoes]
* [http://www.doyoulikemenow.com Do You Like Me Now?] The ultimate guide to The Libertine
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