The Crimson Petal and the White

The Crimson Petal and the White

DVD - 2012
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In 1870s London, a prostitute known as Sugar sees a potential way out of the brothel she works for when she is taken in by William Rackham, the son of a wealthy businessman.
Publisher: United States : Acorn, 2012.
ISBN: 9781598287721
Branch Call Number: CRI
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (270 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jan 29, 2018

I usually like period movies, but this one bored me very early on. Did not watch.

Sep 19, 2017

I have mixed feelings about this movie, and I have not read the book so what happened in these 2 discs was completely new to me. Having said that, I appreciated the chemistry that I saw in the characters, however subtle or large. My favourite character is Sugar, mainly because I love women with red hair like that, but because there was so much going on with her character. I found myself cheering her on the entire way, and at one point I was actually cheering on William. Near the end of the movie, however, I changed my view on some of the characters but I still admire Sugar. As for the other elements, I have to say that I was impressed. I love the costumes and how Victorian London was depicted, too. The only thing that I did not like was the ending and some parts throughout the movie.

Nov 26, 2016

See my summary*******

Sep 18, 2016

Loved the acting, the clothes, the victorian decor and the storyline. Great movie.

Sep 09, 2016

Our story begins in 1874, a few years after the death of Charles Dickens. But don't expect Dickens here, either in depth or in much of the content. Crimson Petal is avowedly what the great Victorian authors had to leave out of their books (though many had hard, direct experience), but what tentatively raised its head in the works of "sensational" authors like Wilkie Collins. The producers understand their material, and don't take it quite, quite seriously. As long as you don't, either, and can handle some historical inaccuracies that stem from the book, you will have an amusing time. The actors are all smashing, especially Chris O'Dowd, a young man with a great capacity for middle age.

Aug 01, 2016

Well acted adaptation of a Victorian drama.

Jun 07, 2016

4 out of 5 stars simply because the book, as usual, is better. That being said, if I hadn't previously read the book I'd likely have rated the film 5 stars as it rests solidly on its own laurels.

This movie is not a pretty walk in an English garden. It is a gritty, exquisite portrayal of the sordid underbelly of the era, and does not spare the viewer from the more distasteful of the day-to-day minutiae, the crushing sexism and gross class inequalities, or the sheer will to survive required by those not born male into money and privilege. A real eye-opener.

Froster Jul 30, 2015

This is pretty “wow”. At first I thought it was another “let’s show the vile side of Victorian London” laid on with a trowel. And yes, it is that. But what finally emerges is a thoroughly angry Feminist melodrama, displaying that what was truly vile about Victorian London was not the sewage running in the streets, but the treatment of what was then called “the Fairer Sex”. “Tarts” and “Ladies” emerge as sisters, simply because both were different forms of chattel. The acting is spectacular, with some of the characters emerging as fully-formed (Romola Garai, Chris O’Dowd), and some as appropriately “Dickensian” caricature. (Hats off to you, Gillian Anderson and Shirley Henderson). This has been termed “what Dickens would have written had he been allowed”, but judging from his actual output, this is far more woman-centric and less sentimental than he ever could have managed. Kudos to all.

Aug 22, 2014

I love BBC period dramas for its wholesome content. This one had too much dark and sexual content but the story was still good.

Mar 13, 2014

Romola Garai turns in an excellent performance in everything she acts in. This was totally different from her Emma performance.She shows how versatile she can be with her acting. Wasn't expecting so much pornography but to be realistic I guess she had to show what it was like back then. London was so fithy back then and polluted and even the upper class come across as vulgar and primitive. I would have hated to have lived back then. The end left me wondering what happened as it just cuts away without any explanation as to what happened next. Is there a season two to this?

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Sep 19, 2017

Sexual Content: Lots of sex and prostitution, and some nudity.

Sep 19, 2017

Violence: People get beat up or injure themselves.

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Sep 19, 2017

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Nov 26, 2016

Was the male lead a doctor? His mentayl ill wife did not get the care she needed as well as the adolescent daughter until the prostitute moved in. Plot was hard to follow. Ending left me wondering the outcome. Did we need 2 disc's to tell this story?


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