The Libertine

The Libertine

DVD - 2006
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Publisher: [United States] : Weinstein Company, [2006]
Edition: Widescreen.
Copyright Date: ©2006
Branch Call Number: LIB
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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Curiouskind
Jul 10, 2016

Who comes up with this stuff? Wow, just wow. The review on the cover states, it's a 'tour de force.' Rarely, in my experience, does a statement like that deliver and I prepare myself to be underwhelmed, usually by substantive margins. And then I take note of which film critic made that statement and what publication they represent, but this film delivers on so many levels -- the screenplay, music, storytelling portrayals. It's at once visually sumptuous and art -- poetry -- in motion. And, yeah, on the whole, I do generally agree with what Rolling Stone claims.

As one poster points out, this film is not for the faint of heart. There are lines that are easy to miss, even in the most vulgar statements, because of the sometimes rapid pace of the film as this film demands your undivided attention.

[Lizzie]: 'You can buy a slit for a pound a night, sir.'

There is actually a double meaning in this line that exponentially intensifies its cold vulgarity. And the dialogue, and everything else, builds from there.

[John]: I do not mean to upset people, Alcock, but I have to speak my mind, because what is in my mind is always more interesting than what is happening in the world outside my mind.

[Alcock]: It makes you impossible to live with, though. Do you see?

[J]: Did I once praise you for your blunt manner?

[A]: It was your reason for employing me.

And this conversation between Lizzie and John:

[Lizzie]: You see, that is where there is still imbalance between us, because you demand so much of me and so little of yourself. You took my small gift and polished it until it shone. Yet your own great gifts, you just throw away...

[John]: And wit was his vain, frivolous pretense of pleasing others, at his own expense.

Terrific stuff. Bravo.

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naturalist
Jun 02, 2016

Cue the purity police.

DebAK Mar 07, 2015

Watching a few minutes of this movie, and one can recognize it as pornography. No need to watch it, er, several times, to recognize it for what it is, because a few minutes of this movie make it very clear. A child understands the warmth of fire can also cause harm and burn: there is no need to touch it in order to understand its true nature...
;-)

xkitone Feb 22, 2015

I have a great quote from a movie. I think it was "Fast Times at Ridgemont High". A teacher was scandalized at a student for bringing a porn video to school. When turning the student in to the principal for this he stated "I know it's pornography, I watched it several times to be certain."

hania4987 Jul 17, 2013

"You will not like me." This opening statement sets the tone for the entire story. Johnny Depp gives a haunting performance as the leader of the dissipated London society, who was simultaneously admired and reviled. Even though the movie takes place during the reign of Charles Stuart, it is easily related to today's obsession with celebrity news and headlines. It is filmed to look like an old movie and is in the storytelling genre of Dangerous Liaisons.

emerald2pac Jun 30, 2013

Johnny Depp is a great actor and his character was interesting in this. This movie just lacked something it was weird , confusing and hard to follow at times. Not to mention long seemed somewhat drawn out. Side note not for the easily offended. I would also like to point out this film did not have that many sex scenes , though I will agree it was explicit at times. I am not complaining about it at all my problem was the whole movie itself.

euclid13 Dec 20, 2012

it is amazing that some people who "just hate porn" are always watching it & then complain how terrible it is. i think they just plain like it. then to feel justified for watching it they complain about it with righteous wrath. what fakes. Read what the movie is about. If you don't like it don't watch it. It looks like the same people read all the "dirty books" and watch all the "dirty movies" and then complain about them. I think they like it. Then to help their guilt they want to tell everyone how "bad" it was. By the way, only an idiot would, with no data, assume that i did not watch the movie.--and here we have another case of Harpies attacking in pairs. Again, parroting back what was said because they are too dense to think of something on their own.

kitten55 Oct 23, 2012

Tina R. Cooper says: "Extremely moving, but warrented".

Mee2 Oct 01, 2012

(I agree 100% with euclid13. How dare these self-righteous people come to these forums to warn about these movies? The movie elites of this world know what videos are best for us and our children to watch. If people are made aware of the content of these movies before they pick them up at the libraries, who would voluntarily watch this stuff? Again these self-righteous zealots have no right to participate in these public forums. Do they really believe people have a right to a different point of view than ours?) What is most troubling about this movie—apart from what other members pointed out on the matter of it being crude and borderline pornography—is that it can be checked out by anyone under 18. Unlike, for example, Blockbuster, a child could get this movie from a library anywhere in the US.

EuSei Apr 25, 2012

(Yes, I agree: only an idiot would, with no data, assume the ones who condemn pornography enjoy watching it!) This movie has the crudest sex scenes I have ever seen in my life. It was made simply as a vehicle to depravity. The Earl of Rochester was one of the greatest libertines that ever existed. Among his “jokes,” he once put an ad in a London paper offering his services as a gynecologist—which he was not. His “poetry” was basically pornographic. He died at age 33, consumed by venereal diseases and alcoholism, his body wasted by a dissolute life. The movie does not bring to life the pungent message of his life’s end, when, guided by the Bishop of Salisbury, he repented and renounced debauchery. (Of course, some doubt his conversion…) If you like debauchery and gross sex scenes, this is definitely the movie for you. (PS: I hope "Books100" will forgive me, but The Earl of Rochester was not "the close brother of King Charles II"; his parents were Henry, Viscount Wilmot, and Anne St. John.)

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Curiouskind
Jul 12, 2016

[John]: You must acquire the trick of those who do not like you. In my experience, those who do not like you fall into 2 categories: The stupid and the envious. The stupid will like you in 5 years time. The envious, never. With my training, you will become the best, the most fascinating actress on the London stage.

EuSei Apr 25, 2012

Harris, commenting on the script: And w-will the kind of equipment that that young lady has in her hand
[a large wooden dildo]...

EuSei Apr 25, 2012

"[...] the men doing obedience to the women's cunts, kissing and touching them often, the women in like manner to the men's pricks, kissing and dandling their cods and then fall to fucking, [...]."

EuSei Apr 25, 2012

The entire piece has been devised with the French in mind. In France, fornication in the streets with total strangers is compulsory.

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Mee2 Jun 02, 2012

Mee2 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

EuSei Apr 25, 2012

EuSei thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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EuSei Apr 25, 2012

Sexual Content: Pornography

EuSei Apr 25, 2012

Coarse Language: VERY coarse language

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