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The Libertine

"He didn't resist temptation. He pursued it."

The story of John Wilmot, a.k.a. the Earl of Rochester, a 17th century poet who famously drank and debauched his way to an early grave, only to earn posthumous critical acclaim for his life's work.

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Released: Sep 16th, 2004
Budget: N/A
Revenue: N/A

The Libertine Main Cast

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Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
plays Rochester
Paul Ritter
Paul Ritter
plays Chiffinch
John Malkovich
John Malkovich
plays Charles II
Stanley Townsend
Stanley Townsend
plays Keown
Francesca Annis
Francesca Annis
plays Countess
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Most of the film was lit using candles rather than conventional movie lights. In order to keep the effect of candles but still get enough light, cinematographer Alexander Melman designed a special piece of equipment, a stand than held a bank of candles and a reflective backing. These were known on the set as Birthday Cakes.
  • A scene was deleted that included a kiss between Johnny Depp and Rupert Friend.
  • Unlike most period films, this one was shot almost entirely with a hand-held camera. The two most notable shots with a fixed camera (not a hand held one) are the two panoramas of the interior of the theater, which was intentional.
  • Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The Earl of Rochester reads an insulting poem he wrote about Charles II which implies that the King is impotent, and insists this "is true." In fact Charles II was a noted womanizer who father at least a dozen illegitimate children by seven mistresses.
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