Quills 2000
Title: Quills
Release year: 2000

In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade, fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor.

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“Quills” is a 2000 period drama film directed by Philip Kaufman and starring Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, and Joaquin Phoenix. The movie tells the story of the infamous Marquis de Sade, who is confined to an insane asylum where he continues to write and distribute his scandalous and sexually explicit works.

Overall, “Quills” is a beautifully crafted film that explores the themes of censorship, freedom of expression, and the power of art. The performances are top-notch, particularly Geoffrey Rush’s portrayal of the Marquis de Sade, which is both charismatic and disturbing. Kate Winslet and Joaquin Phoenix also deliver strong performances as the characters who are trying to contain de Sade’s influence.

The film’s cinematography and production design are excellent, creating a moody and atmospheric setting that perfectly captures the time period. The movie’s pacing is a bit slow at times, but this allows for deeper exploration of the characters and their motivations.

One of the standout aspects of “Quills” is its exploration of the role of art in society and the danger of censorship. The film raises thought-provoking questions about the line between freedom of expression and the potential harm that can come from unbridled artistic expression. It also provides a commentary on the way society reacts to works that challenge social norms and expectations.

In conclusion, “Quills” is a well-crafted and thought-provoking film that is sure to engage viewers who enjoy period dramas, as well as those interested in exploring deeper themes of censorship and artistic expression.

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Director: Philip Kaufman
Actor: Alex Avery,Amelia Warner,Andrew Dunford,Billie Whitelaw,Bridget McConnell,Carol MacReady,Daniel Ainsleigh,Danny Babington,Deborah Vale,Diana Morrison,Edward Tudor-Pole,Elizabeth Berrington,Geoffrey Rush,George Antoni,Harry Jones,Howard Lew Lewis,Ivana Basic,Jamie Beddard,Jane Menelaus,Joaquin Phoenix,Jules Tait,Kate Winslet,Lisa Hammond,Mathew Fraser,Michael Caine,Michael Jenn,Patrick Malahide,Pauline McLynn,Rebecca Palmer,Richard Mulholland,Ron Cook,Royston Munt,Stephen Marcus,Stephen Moyer,Terry O'Neill,Tessa Vale,Toby Sawyer,Tom Ward,Tony Pritchard