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5.0 out of 5 stars
Exquisite costume drama shot in a dead 18th century Europe, 14 July 2002
See it ! I have read the book and the movie does justice to that
great man of letters William Makepeace Thackerey. Only there is
no peace and even death seems like luxury in this war torn lanscape where anything goes and where Barry is God a man of no morals and no religion whatsoever.The fall of the old aristocracy and the rise of a problematic middle class where money is the only measure of power and the only cultural, social and political value, where opportunism reigns supreme like inside a Hogarth painting leaves the spectator with a taste of
bitterness like a black morning coffee heralding the futility
of the Age of Enlightment, Voltaire and the Great Encyclopedia.