The Portrait of a Lady

The Portrait of a Lady

Director: Jane Campion Cast: Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey

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Overview

Jane Campion directed this expressive adaptation of the classic novel by Henry James. Isabel Archer (Nicole Kidman) is a young American woman who, after the death of her parents, has been sent to England to visit relatives. While her family's tragedy has left her penniless, Isabel's beauty has earned her the attentions of a number of eligible men. When Isabel turns down a proposal of marriage from the wealthy Lord Warburton (Richard E. Grant) because she does not love him, her cousin Ralph (Martin Donovan), who is also smitten with her, arranges for his father to leave her a fortune before succumbing to tuberculosis so that she may live as an independent woman. Isabel takes a tour of Europe, where she meets Madame Merle (Barbara Hershey), a jaded sophisticate and matchmaker who introduces her to Gilbert Osmond (John Malkovich), a widowed American artist living abroad. Isabel falls in love with Gilbert and they marry, but his sloth and opportunism soon begin to wear on her, and three years later she is desperate to get out of their relationship. The Portrait of a Lady also stars John Gielgud, Mary-Louise Parker, Christian Bale, and Shelley Winters.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/1997
UPC: 0044004379731
Original Release: 1996
Rating: PG-13
Source: Polygram Usa Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicole Kidman Isabel Archer
John Malkovich Gilbert Osmond
Barbara Hershey Madame Serena Merle
Mary-Louise Parker Henrietta Stackpole
Martin Donovan Ralph Touchett
Shelley Winters Mrs. Touchett
Richard Grant Lord Warburton
Shelley Duvall Countess Gemini
Christian Bale Edward Rosier
Viggo Mortensen Caspar Goodwood
Valentina Cervi Pansy Osmond
John Gielgud Mr.Touchett

Technical Credits
Jane Campion Director,Screenwriter
Stuart Dryburgh Cinematographer
Steve Golin Producer
Laura Jones Screenwriter
Wojciech Kilar Score Composer,Songwriter
Monty Montgomery Producer
Janet Patterson Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Mark Turnbull Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Peter Glossop Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Raggett Art Director
Veronika Jenet Editor
Johanna Ray & Associates Casting
Ann Wingate Co-producer
Henry James Source Author

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The Portrait of a Lady 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent performances. The ending left me a bit unsatisfied, but I felt it rang true to the story. And Viggo Mortensen is in this picture also. I would definitely liked to have seen more of him! Such a small part.