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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.

Details

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Released: Sep 16th, 2004
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Rating: R
Runtime: 114 Minutes
Genres: Drama / History
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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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  • 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 (incorrectly regarded as a mistake): The prologue and epilogue have the Earl-as-Narrator mentioning "gonads" (a word not coined until almost 1880), and remembering the circumstances of his own death. This is a dramatic device to "break the fourth wall," somewhat more appropriate in the original stage play than in this film adaptation. The Earl is transcending time and space to speak directly to the audience in 2004.
  • The poem which Wilmot has been banished from court at the beginning of the film is "A Satyr on Charles II". The historical Wilmot really did submit that poem to the monarch accidentally, but he subsequently left court of his own accord, rather than at Charles' command.
  • John Malkovich, Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith (IV) originally approached Johnny Depp in 1996 about making the film, but various financial complications delayed the production for several years.
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