Venus in fur

Venus in fur

La Vénus à la fourrure

DVD - 2014 | French
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In a Parisian theatre after a day of auditioning actresses for the play he is preparing to direct, Thomas is distraught that none has what it takes to play the lead female character. He is getting ready to leave when Vanda appears: an unbridled and brazen whirlwind of energy. Vanda embodies everything Thomas hates. She is crude, idiotic, and will stop at nothing to get the part. But when Thomas finds himself backed into a corner and lets her try her luck, he is amazed to see Vanda transformed.
Publisher: New York, NY :, IFC Films,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780788618543
0788618547
Branch Call Number: FRE DVD FEATURE VEN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,optical,rda
NTSC,rda
video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda
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jimg2000
Aug 17, 2020

Surprised that I was entertained, willing to be pulled along watching this two person stage play on the strength of the two actors, promise of an end, and their conversations on art and literature in between, with few props (the pole) and simple costumes (the collar and the boots etc.) The montage of Renaissance nude paintings in the end is the icing on the cake.

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amanoletters99
Dec 27, 2019

I didn't know what to expect and was surprised at how a two-person film could be so captivating. Even with the subtitles, this was a joy to experience. A+++

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biglosersowhat
Mar 04, 2019

I found Venus in furs very thought provoking even with just 2 characters. I was able to follow the movie easily with the subtitles because it had my full attention. Felt I was in that theatre totally engaged. Both actors were excellent. Now I want to read the original book. Author Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch. Published 1870.

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Ron@Ottawa
Oct 22, 2018

The entire film focuses on two actors interacting on a stage, practicing a play rehearsal. And that's about it. You have to be a fan of stage plays to follow and enjoy this one. It is just not my cup of tea.

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lavasushi
Sep 06, 2018

I saw the ground breaking play at the Unicorn Theatre, and then saw the film. The acting, surroundings, script is superb. The back and forth, power and control, between Emmanuelle Seigner (Vonda) and Mathieu Amalric (Thomas) is engaging, believable and unsettling.
I can’t stand Roman Polanski and I’m so sorry about Sharon Tate. But his personal life is creepy in my opinion. But Venus in Fur and Carnage are outstanding films.

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Nursebob
Jan 11, 2018

Roman Polanski still has it as evidenced by this wickedly clever play-within-a-play (based on David Ives’ Broadway production) which observes, dissects, and ultimately trashes the the power imbalance between men and women—politically, institutionally, and (zing!) sexually. A comedy for sure, but one bursting with indignation and social savvy. Polanski’s arsenal of cinematic bullets always seem to find their mark—a storm rages outside the theatre; Thomas’ cellphone goes off at just the right moments with it’s “Ride of the Valkyries” ringtone; and a wooden cactus thrusts phallically towards heaven (a leftover prop from the theatre’s previous production of “Stagecoach”)—but it is the verbal sparring between Vanda and Thomas (both in and out of character) that takes centre stage. The two circle each other like shark and prey, their ongoing animosity eventually culminating in a deliriously over-the-top piece of stagecraft that only Polanski could have pulled off. A two-handed game of sexual poker directed with consummate skill and played out by a pair of leads whose onscreen chemistry practically sizzles.

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Courier2003
Oct 22, 2017

Disappointing Roman Polanski film. Sexy, but too many "F" bombs. Only two person cast trying to recall. French captions hard to follow. Did lots of reverse.

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DHahn
Aug 20, 2017

Fine film (a "chamber movie") which especially highlights the work of Emmanuelle Seigner.

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kyc14
Jan 28, 2017

omg! this 2013 film reminded me of "who's afraid of virginia woolf?" (1966, directed by mike nichols). the resemblance of the 2 films lies in the predominantly static "stage" setting, excellent acting & candid dialog. of course the subject matter & all the rest are vastly different between the two. who would imagine after 47 yrs, polanski would decide to make this type of film outside his film domains? i cannot believe that in the new millennium, a stage style film can still (or expected to) appeal to moviegoers!
honestly, like a new millennial (which i am not), i almost didn't have the patience & endurance to finish watching the film at halfway. but then the outstanding performance of the 2 only actors & the intrigue screenplay are captivating & addictive. also, i wanted to see how this film would end. yes, it might seem boring & w/o much "action" at times. but the continual development of relationship between the 2 characters, which in the end even reverses, can induce some deep thoughts especially in the context of unconventional sex habits. in a sense, i think this film finally exposes in detail the inner making of polanski, especially in the kind of troubles he had made in private life.

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cemakela
May 16, 2016

I absolutely love this film, which makes me very uncomfortable, considering the type of man the director is.

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jimg2000
Aug 17, 2020

Apparently based on a very popular classic novel with many interesting quotes. So, decide to quote the Venus painting slideshow at the end, in glorious HD:

Venus with a Mirror - Titian
Venus in Front of the Mirror - Rubens
(Retake of) Venus with a Mirror - Titian
Rokeby Venus (Venus at her Mirror) - Velázquez
Vanity, central panel from the Triptych of Earthly Vanity and Divine Salvation - Memling
Venus with looking into a mirror with two cupids watching - UNKNOWN
The birth of Venus - Botticelli
The birth of Venus - Cabane
Reclining Venus with cupid watching - UNKOWN
Danae - Titian (Tiziano Vecelli)
Danae - Rembrandt
Sleeping Venus and Cupid - Poussin
Venus disarming Cupid - Allori
Venus and Adonis - (Titian??)

(4 quick flashes of unknown paintings)

Venus de Milo - sculpture at the end of montage.

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