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Vanity Fair (2004)

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Vanity Fair (2004)


Vanity Fair (2004)

Filmed in 2003
2004 | Drama | UK/USA

Director: Mira Nair
Based on the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray
Screenplay: Matthew Faulk, Mark Skeet and Julian Fellowes

Starring: Rees Witherspoon, Eileen Atkins, Gabriel Byrne, Bob Hoskins, Rhys Ifans, James Purefoy and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Synopsis: The British Empire flowers; exotic India colours English imaginations. Becky Sharp, the orphaned daughter of a painter and a singer, leaves a home for girls to be a governess, armed with pluck, a keen wit, good looks, fluent French, and an eye for social advancement. Society tries its best to keep her from climbing. An episodic narrative follows her for 20 years, through marriage, Napoleonic wars, a child, loyalty to a school friend, the vicissitudes of the family whose daughters she instructed, and attention from a bored marquis who collected her father's paintings. Honesty tempers her schemes. No aristocrat she, nor bourgeois, just spirited, intelligent, and irrepressible.

Tagline: In a time of social climbers, Becky Sharp is a mountaineer.

Did you know:
After asking Reese Witherspoon to get pregnant for the role (as a joke, because she thought Reese was too thin), Mira Nair was delighted when Witherspoon announced she was expecting after all.

Most of the costumes were purposefully made a little smaller than necessary, to slightly alter the overall look of them.

In the early 1970s Stanley Kubrick wanted to direct an adaptation of this book, but found it to be too big to make it into a three-hour film. He instead made Barry Lyndon.

Shot in 55 days

Becky Sharp: Revenge may be wicked, but it's perfectly natural.

Rawdon Crawley: She talks like Oliver Cromwell and thinks like Charles I.
Becky Sharp: I'll manage.
Rawdon Crawley: Won't you just. There never was a woman that could manage like you, Becky Sharp.

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