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Quills [DVD] [2001]

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  • Actors: Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Caine, Billie Whitelaw
  • Directors: Philip Kaufman
  • Writers: Doug Wright
  • Producers: Des McAnuff, Julia Chasman, Mark Huffam, Nick Wechsler, Peter Kaufman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct. 2001
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NOM3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,409 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

Audio commentary by screenwriter Doug Wright
2 featurettes: "Marquis on the Marquee", "Creating Charenton", "Dressing the Part"
TV spot
Theatrical trailer
Stills gallery
Fact and film -- text pages

1.85:1 (widescreen 16:9)
2.0 stereo
Subtitles: Czech, Danish, Finish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish

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With bedroom eyes and the mischievous smirk of an insatiable roué, Geoffrey Rush is a perfect choice to play the Marquis de Sade in Quills, adapted by Doug Wright from his own stage play and directed by Philip Kaufman. Imprisoned in France's Charenton asylum at the turn of the 18th century, de Sade is a stately court jester in dishevelled finery, and Rush imbues the role with the fierce urgency of a writer whose sexual fantasies are his sole remaining defence against repression and hypocrisy. Deprived of quill and ink, he writes with wine, then blood, then his own faeces--a descent into madness or an impassioned refusal to be silenced? Quills embraces freedom of expression ("such beauty, such abomination", as one character notes) while affirming that all freedoms have a price.

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

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"Quills" tells of the last days of the infamous Marquis de Sade (Geoffrey Rush), who wrote erotic stories that shocked and delighted readers in 18th century France. He is living a rather privileged life as an inmate in an asylum run by a sympathetic cleric (Joaquin Phoenix), where he produces his plays for the nobility. Sade is allowed to write, but not to publish; however, a young laundry maid (Kate Winslet) admires him and smuggles his work out of the asylum. The Emperor, Napoleon, dislikes his books and orders that Sade be stopped once and for all. Sade's paper, ink, and quills are confiscated, and the cruel Dr. Royer-Collard (Michael Caine) is sent to oversee the asylum.
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."
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What this film is not - categorically not - is a biographical documentary about the Marquis de Sade, nor is it about the vice to which his name has been appended, nor (to the mild chagrin of a dominatrix, whose opinion I sought at the time of its release) is there any SM in it at all; I caonsider this last to be the films only significant shortcoming.

Sade's moral character, first of all, is not the issue - discussions of crime and punishment seem to attract morons all too eager to assume the job of hangman. The actual effects of imprisonment are not to the matter, in fact it is quite clear that the Abbee's method of keeping Sade in comfort and allowing him to appease his psychological demons by writing whatever he likes is working beautifully and, even if the stories are being published, they are doing no harm - except to the sensibilities of the uptight and the controlling, starting with Napoleon Ron Cook - not the first time he played that part! - who sends the torturing maniac, Royer-Collard to sort out the Marquis.

The cant of 'Rude Pictures Cause Crime' is familiar and pernicious and, in this case, immaterial; Royer-Collard's reason for persecuting Sade with censorship and torture is revenge, pure and simple; Sade, mad pervert though he may be, is perfectly equipped to discern Collard's predatory and abusive marriage to the 'barely sixteen' Simone, and then to lampoon it as a pornographic farce.

And here's the rub - Sade has written some highly questionable porn, but he hasn't actually done anybody any *harm*; Collard, conversely tortures his patients, and rapes and imprisons his very young wife. Sade is a mere pornographer; Collard could very easily be one of his creations.
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Many people give Shakespeare in Love credit as Geoffrey Rush's best role but I have wondered on occasion if these people had seen the magnificent Quills in which he plays the Marquis de Sade in an insane asylum extremely well. He is surrounded by a great supporting cast including Michael Caine, Kate Winslet and Joaquin Phoenix all putting in brilliant performances. The screenplay by Doug Wright is very well written and packs a punch when required, managing to give all the characters the right amount of development throughout. The most interesting aspect for me was the 'friendship' between the Marquis de Sade and Abbe (Joaquim Phoenix), especially as they are different in the extremes in the fact that Abbe has chosen a life of chastity and the Marquis de Sade writes explicit manuscripts and implores people to open up to their sexual thoughts. The ending was excellent also. If you're a fan of well-written, well-acted period films, Quills is highly recommended. 4.5/5
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By A Customer on 17 Aug. 2001
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Quills is an amazing feast of actors, and has a great story line.
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.
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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 April 2012
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This is a grim (very fictional) piece dwelling on the lowest common denominators of life enlightened by some excellent acting. In the service of a good story the Marquis de Sade is transformed from the eponymous sadist into the Hugh Hefner of the Napoleonic era; a mixture of Dexter and a Donald McGill postcard. Played by Geoffrey Rush the Marquis has all the best lines though Joaquin Phoenix mounts (as the Marquis might say) a gallant rearguard action. Michael Caine is marvellously horrible, in an entirely reasonable fashion, as the nasty doctor and Kate Winslet will lead many a young man astray. There is even room for Vampire Bill Compton. The oscillation from a Georges Feydeau farce to a Hannibal Lector sequel is perhaps the oddest feature of the film; although, as, once again, the Marquis might say, it is just a play.
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