De Sade smuggles manuscripts out of Charenton with help from Madeleine (Kate Winslet), a virginal laundress who relishes de Sade's scandalous prose--a divine irony since she was taught to read by asylum abbé Coulmier (Joaquin Phoenix), whose desire for Madeleine is suppressed by Catholic propriety. The delicate dynamic of this trio is shattered by the arrival of Royer-Collard (Michael Caine, appearing somewhat comatose), a righteous hypocrite appointed to silence de Sade once and for all. It's all very engrossing as a piece of theatre (which it still is, despite Kaufman's elegant filming), and although Wright's literate dialogue limits de Sade to zesty ripostes and sneering perversity, Rush's intensity ensures that the marquis's plight is no laughing matter. Quills has a point, makes it without condescension and knows the difference between madness and passion . --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Audio commentary by screenwriter Doug Wright
2 featurettes: "Marquis on the Marquee", "Creating Charenton", "Dressing the Part"
Fact and film -- text pages
1.85:1 (widescreen 16:9)
Subtitles: Czech, Danish, Finish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
The dialogue is literate and elegant and the acting is first-rate. Rush is dazzlingly flamboyant, Winslet is winsome and sweet, Phoenix is noble and earnest, and Caine is despicably cruel. The story and the brutal way it is presented, however, were repellant to me, and I found it difficult to watch. If cruelty offends you, you probably won't like "Quills."
This movie deserves five stars for Geoffrey Rush's portrayal of the Marquis alone. Taking up yet another challenging role, he becomes Kaufman's and script writer/playwright Doug Wright's de Sade as perfectly as no one besides him could have done. We see an aging Marquis who, although locked up in his cell in Charenton, is as arrogant by birthright as he is by nature; and thoroughly convinced of his own superiority, has tricked himself into an "I'm only here because I allow you to do this to me" attitude.... Read more ›
GEOFFREY RUSH ("Shine", "House on Haunted Hill", "Les Misérables, and some more) woes, frightens, shocks and seduces you with his absolutly amazing portrayl as the eccentric, seductive Marquis de Sade. Never has an actor excelled like this, and maybe this is his finest hour.
KATE WINSLET ("Titantic") also amazes with her stunning performance as Madeline, the washerwoman who befriends the Marquis and smuggles his erotic fiction from the aslyum.
JOAQUIN PHOENIX ("Gladiator") is equally stunning with his portral of the Abbé Coulmier, the priest who tries to reform the Marquis.
MICHAEL CAINE is amazing in his part of Dr. Antoine Royer-Collard -- the doctor who's harsh methods and style make the Marquis look sane. He excells as the doctor, sent by the King, to "silence" the Marquis' writing.
"Quills" is an amazingly written tale about censorship. The film is sexy, funny and tragic at the same time. This film is one to watch.
The story is pretty simple really! Read more
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