Vanity FairDirector: Mira Nair, Reese Witherspoon, Romola Garai, James Purefoy
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William Makepeace Thackeray's witty assessment of the British class system, as seen through the experiences of one young woman, is brought to the screen with some serious star power in this period comedy drama. Becky Sharp (Reese Witherspoon) is a bright and ambitious girl born to a poor British family. Becky is determined to make something of herself however she can, and after accepting a job as a nanny for the children of the powerful and aristocratic Sir Pitt Crawley (Bob Hoskins), she wastes no time ingratiating herself with the family. Pretty Becky catches the eye of Crawley's handsome and eligible son Rawdon (James Purefoy), and becomes chummy with sharp-tongued Aunt Matilda (Eileen Atkins). Between the two of them, Becky is introduced to London's most exclusive social circle, where she becomes re-acquainted with Amelia Sedley (Romola Garai), a former school chum who is amused by Becky's efforts to scale the ladder of social influence. Becky weds Rawdon, but following initial happiness, the social and economic stability she dreamed of begins to collapse when he begins drowning his troubles in gambling and drink, and soon she turns to the powerful Marquess of Steyne (Gabriel Byrne) for support. Meanwhile, Amelia's fortunes fall even harder following the death of her husband. Vanity Fair was directed by Mira Nair, who enjoyed a surprise international success with 2002's Monsoon Wedding.
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Cast & Crew
|Ray Angelic||Associate Producer|
|Howard Cohen||Executive Producer|
|Pippa Cross||Executive Producer|
|Mychael Danna||Score Composer,Musical Arrangement|
|Maria Djurkovic||Production Designer|
|Nicolas Dodd||Musical Arrangement|
|Matthew Faulk||Associate Producer,Screenwriter|
|Mark Holt||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Allyson C. Johnson||Editor|
|Max Keene||Asst. Director|
|Klemens Becker||Camera Operator|
|Drew Kunin||Sound Mixer|
|Jonathan Lynn||Executive Producer|
|Beatrix Aruna Pasztor||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Lydia Dean Pilcher||Producer|
|Stuart Renfrew||Asst. Director|
|Mark Skeet||Associate Producer,Screenwriter|
|Dinaz Stafford||Associate Producer|
|Sam Stokes||Art Director|
|Lucinda Thomson||Art Director|
1. Main Titles [1:39]
2. Miss Pinkerton's Academy [6:29]
3. Taste of Chilli [8:06]
4. Blessing in Disguise [7:03]
5. Amusing Miss Crawley [8:51]
6. Social Climber [12:16]
7. Vows and Vanity [8:19]
8. Imprudent Marriage [9:58]
9. A Groom's Indiscretion [11:51]
10. A Time of War [8:25]
11. Bearing the Burden [10:53]
12. Last Will [4:32]
13. Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal [11:04]
14. Queen of the Night [6:46]
15. Intimate Betrayal [6:19]
16. A Love Unreturned [6:57]
17. The Beautiful Mrs. Crawley [5:42]
18. End Titles [4:23]
Spoken Language: English
Spoken Language: Français
Spoken Language: Audio Commentary With Director Mira Nair
Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
Welcome to Vanity Fair
The Women Behind Vanity Fair
Audio Commentary With Director Mira Nair: On
Audio Commentary With Director Mira Nair: Off
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I enjoyed this movie set in the 18th century. It focuses on the friend ship of 2 women caught up in the turmoil or the Neopolianic War. Reese is great in this movie. If you enjoy history and the customes of this period this movie will be very enjoyable. The dance scene is awesome. Its not what you would expect from dance in that period. Enjoy!
I thought the characters in the book were unbelievable (especially Becky and Amanda). The film version is more agreeable and more believable. I enjoyed the new twist at the end -- and the ambiguity that went with it.
This film is a tedious version of Thackeray's novel. Nair tries to integrate too much of her own culture into the story, which makes for both an uneven and, at times, discombobulated film.
I thought this movie was great but it is a movie that most people would have to watch a few times to understand. Bascily all this movie was about was a woman named Becky was born to a well known artist and a French courus girl so she wants more for herself and so that is what the movie trys to interpret to the viewers.
45 minutes into this movie, my sister said that this may be her favorite movie of all time. For an hour this movie is actually funny and interesting and quite beautiful. Then we got confused. Are we supposed to like any of these people? Why was this movie so funny for an hour and now depressing and bleak? Then we got confused as to when the movie would end...is there a plot? I can't describe the disappointment because it was so funny and enchanting but I couldn't tell where it was going or if there was actually any plot at all. This movie is a chunk of Becky Sharp's life. I'm not sure if I like her or not. That's what I took from this movie. So disappointing. Also, in period pieces, guys haircuts shouldn't be what's in fashion now. Just another thing that irked us.
Very colorful, Reese was wonderful. But the last half of the movie did not flow...it did not match with the aura of the first half. At the end of the film, all of the issues were wrapped up just a little too conveniently. I'm considering reading the book to compare.
A good literary adaptation and an exciting movie. I love the book and the movie did a wonderful job portraying the novel. Anyone who loves literature should enjoy this movie. Becky Sharp is one of the most intriguing characters in literature.....
A great classic story has been brought to life with inspiring performances by many outstanding actors. As well as being a moving story, the sets and costumes are exceptional. I would recommend Vanity Fair to anyone who would appreciate a great classic done very well as a movie.
I thought this movie was not worth my time. It was boring and way to long.
Reese does a great job in her role as Becky; the writing is tight and production values are excellent. Unfortunately, the movie makes too much use of the '12 years later' spacing to pass time (and sometimes the viewer has to intuit that some years have passed, although no one ever seems to age, except for the boys). Also, there are lengthy shots (which are gorgeous but irrelevant to the story). A good rent but buyers will be disappointed.
The actors, the story, everything made this such a treat to watch and a great "keeper" for your video library.
I'm surprized that so many reviewers gave this movie such low ratings. I thought this was a really good movie and will probably purchase this for my collection.