Overall Rank: 10496
Average Rating: 2.5/4
# of Ratings: 11
Theatrical Release Date: 12/21/2005
Genre: Drama, Historical
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: James Ivory
Actors: Natasha Richardson, Lynn Redgrave, Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Madeleine Daly, Madeleine Potter
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Indyfreak - wrote on 12/24/2014
When it comes to historical dramas, the popular opinion is that they're drab, stuffy, and pretentious. Despite its impressive cast and a script echoing classics like Casablanca, "The White Countess" does its genre no favors at all. Its climactic depiction of Western citizens fleeing Shanghai after the Japanese invade is well-staged and the only sequence worth watching because it's the one time that this movie shows sign of a pulse. It's nuanced performances are to the point of creative castration but Ralph Fiennes and Natasha Richardson give it their best shot. There are better ways to be introduced to Merchant-Ivory films than this, I'm sure. Wish I picked something more renowned like "A Room with a View" or "Howard's End".
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