The White Countess


The last Merchant-Ivory collaboration is set in Shanghai, 1936, in the months before the Japanese invaded. A down-on-her-luck White Russion countess has been reduced to menial labour to support herself and her family. She meets a recently-blinded ex-diplomat, who has a grand scheme to open a nightclub, with her as the 'centrepiece'. As time goes by, they grow closer, but so too does the Japanese army... Foreign reviewers were generally disappointed with this final Merchant-Ivory production.

87 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Violence).
Drama, On the art circuit

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Credits

Cast
Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Hiroyuki Sanada, Lynn Redgrave, Allan Corduner, Da Ying
Director
James Ivory
ScreenplayKazuo Ishiguro
MusicRichard Robbins, Graham Preskett
CinematographyChristopher Doyle
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SA distributorSter-Kinekor
Made in2005
Produced byMerchant Ivory Productions, Shanghai Film Studios, VIP 3 Medienfonds, Global Cinema Group

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Diane de Beer
8
Cape Times
Carina Chocano
5
Good Weekend
Ty Burr
5
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
10
BBC
Stella Papamichael
5
Box Office
Sheri Linden
8
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert
15
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson
5

What the People say

Internet
622 Netizens
13

Average .. 41%

8




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