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The Libertine

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
The Libertine
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John Wilmot, a 17th century poet, is the Earl of Rochester and from the beginning he treats his wife cruelly, drinks to relentless excess, abuses his friendships, and generally wallows in dissipation, much to the dismay of King Charles II. The king hopes that Rochester will write a play glorifying his reign. But Rochester finds his true inspiration when he sees a young actress named Lizzie Barry. Rochester sets out to make her the greatest actress of their time--and she, with some reluctance, submits to his teaching.
Title: The libertine
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Publisher: Burbank, CA : The Weinstein Company, 2006.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 130 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the play by Stephen Jeffreys.
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Summary: John Wilmot, a 17th century poet, is the Earl of Rochester and from the beginning he treats his wife cruelly, drinks to relentless excess, abuses his friendships, and generally wallows in dissipation, much to the dismay of King Charles II. The king hopes that Rochester will write a play glorifying his reign. But Rochester finds his true inspiration when he sees a young actress named Lizzie Barry. Rochester sets out to make her the greatest actress of their time--and she, with some reluctance, submits to his teaching.
Audience: Rating R for strong sexuality including dialogue, violence and language.
Local Note: 15 18 29 33 53 60 62 97 102 109 118 122 133 143 148 151 152 159 173 176 188 193 198 203 205 210 211 216 224 226 231 235 236 242 244 250 263 264 274
ISBN: 1594441308
Statement of Responsibility: Mr. Mudd ; Isle of Man Film Commission ; First Choice Films 2004 ; Isle of Man Film Ltd. ; Odyssey Entertainment Ltd. ; produced by Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith ; screenplay by Stephen Jeffreys ; directed by Laurence Dunmore
Credits: Director of photography, Alexander Melman ; art directors, Patrick Rolfe, Fleur Whitlock ; editor, Jill Bilcock ; music, Michael Nyman ; production designer, Ben van Os ; visual effects, Steve Parsons ; special effects supervisor, Edward Smith.
Performers: Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, John Malkovich, Paul Ritter, Stanley Townsend, Francesca Annis, Rosamund Pike, Tom Hollander, Johnny Vegas, Richard Coyle.
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital.
Subject Headings: Dramatists. Actors and actresses England Drama. Rochester, John Wilmot, Earl of, 1647-1680 Drama.
Genre/Form: Feature films-2006.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired-2006.
DVD-Video discs-2006.
Topical Term: Dramatists.
Actors and actresses
Publisher No: 79406
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Jul 17, 2013
  • hania4987 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"You will not like me." This opening statement sets the tone for the entire story. Johnny Depp gives a haunting performance as the leader of the dissipated London society, who was simultaneously admired and reviled. Even though the movie takes place during the reign of Charles Stuart, it is easily related to today's obsession with celebrity news and headlines. It is filmed to look like an old movie and is in the storytelling genre of Dangerous Liaisons.

Jun 30, 2013
  • emerald2pac rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Johnny Depp is a great actor and his character was interesting in this. This movie just lacked something it was weird , confusing and hard to follow at times. Not to mention long seemed somewhat drawn out. Side note not for the easily offended. I would also like to point out this film did not have that many sex scenes , though I will agree it was explicit at times. I am not complaining about it at all my problem was the whole movie itself.

Jan 15, 2013
  • Mee2 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

(I agree 100% with euclid13. How dare these self-righteous people come to these forums to warn about these movies? The movie elites of this world know what videos are best for us and our children to watch. If people are made aware of the content of these movies before they pick them up at the libraries, who would voluntarily watch this stuff? Again these self-righteous zealots have no right to participate in these public forums. Do they really believe people have a right to a different point of view than ours?) What is most troubling about this movie—apart from what other members pointed out on the matter of it being crude and borderline pornography—is that it can be checked out by anyone under 18. Unlike, for example, Blockbuster, a child could get this movie from a library anywhere in the US.

Jan 12, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

(Yes, I agree: only an idiot would, with no data, assume the ones who condemn pornography enjoy watching it!) This movie has the crudest sex scenes I have ever seen in my life. It was made simply as a vehicle to depravity. The Earl of Rochester was one of the greatest libertines that ever existed. Among his “jokes,” he once put an ad in a London paper offering his services as a gynecologist—which he was not. His “poetry” was basically pornographic. He died at age 33, consumed by venereal diseases and alcoholism, his body wasted by a dissolute life. The movie does not bring to life the pungent message of his life’s end, when, guided by the Bishop of Salisbury, he repented and renounced debauchery. (Of course, some doubt his conversion…) If you like debauchery and gross sex scenes, this is definitely the movie for you. (PS: I hope "Books100" will forgive me, but The Earl of Rochester was not "the close brother of King Charles II"; his parents were Henry, Viscount Wilmot, and Anne St. John.)

it is amazing that some people who "just hate porn" are always watching it & then complain how terrible it is. i think they just plain like it. then to feel justified for watching it they complain about it with righteous wrath. what fakes. Read what the movie is about. If you don't like it don't watch it. It looks like the same people read all the "dirty books" and watch all the "dirty movies" and then complain about them. I think they like it. Then to help their guilt they want to tell everyone how "bad" it was. By the way, only an idiot would, with no data, assume that i did not watch the movie.--and here we have another case of Harpies attacking in pairs. Again, parroting back what was said because they are too dense to think of something on their own.

Oct 23, 2012
  • kitten55 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Tina R. Cooper says: "Extremely moving, but warrented".

Sep 01, 2011
  • Palomino rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

You will either love it or hate it. Imagine Pirates of the Caribbean mixed up with Borat, Shakespeare, and X-rated porn. I have watched this twice and still don't know what to think.
MPL's DVD is grainy and the sound is too quiet. I'm used to Blu-Ray picture!

Mar 22, 2011
  • Books100 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a riveting character study of a libertine—the close brother of King Charles11 who does not fit court; a teacher poet and rebel who asks at the beginning whether you will like him, and he predicts not. After his life has been studied and played, he asks again whether you like him, (or understood him) and vainly he hopes on reflection that you might. Amazing acting from both Johnny Depp (a modern day Marlon Brando) and John Malkovich. Based on a play, unfortunately the script is not as well developed as was needed.

Aug 04, 2010
  • Cait_Sidhe rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Not one of Johnny's best movies, in my mind at least. I expected a film similar to that of Marie Antionette (where Kristen Dunst played the lead role), very colourful and entertaining but go the exact opposite. The film was very monochromatic and tended to drag. This is one movie where I think Johnny took too much of a change and it didn't pay off

Apr 27, 2010
  • mtayal rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I don't know why people like Johnny Depp? He acts crazily in most of his movies and this movie is just the same. I will not watch his movies any longer. This movie is complete waste of time unless you simply want to look at woman tops.

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Jun 02, 2012
  • Mee2 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Mee2 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Apr 25, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

EuSei thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Apr 25, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Pornography

Apr 25, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: VERY coarse language

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Apr 25, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Harris, commenting on the script: And w-will the kind of equipment that that young lady has in her hand
[a large wooden dildo]...

Apr 25, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

"[...] the men doing obedience to the women's cunts, kissing and touching them often, the women in like manner to the men's pricks, kissing and dandling their cods and then fall to fucking, [...]."

Apr 25, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

The entire piece has been devised with the French in mind. In France, fornication in the streets with total strangers is compulsory.

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Apr 25, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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