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The affair of the necklace

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Movie propaganda

The affair of the necklace is a romantic drama based on the controversial true story of Jeanne de la Motte Valois (Hilary Swank), a Countess whose name was stripped from her by the royal family during the late 18th century. The story of her fight to restore her name and proper place in society is filled with mystery, intrigue and desire, with an infamous diamond necklace at the centre of it all.

Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film period drama history France countess romance society jewellery

Persons of interest

  • Hilary Swank .... Jeanne de la Motte Valois
  • Simon Baker .... Retaux de Vilette
  • Adrien Brody .... Nicolas de la Motte
  • Christopher Walken .... Count Cagliostro
  • Jonathan Pryce .... Cardinal Louis de Rohan
  • Brian Cox .... House Minister Breteuil
  • Victoria Shalet .... Colleen
  • Hayden Panettiere .... young Jeanne
  • Joely Richardson .... Marie Antoinette
  • Simon Shackleton .... King Louis XVI.
  • John Sweet .... Screenwriter
  • Charles Shyer .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Secret Agent Acid Thunder

Theatrical report

Jeanne de la Motte Valois was a greedy tart. Didn't like her. Very flippant, and while she wanted it all she wouldn't put out, and that's just not acceptable. Maybe in her day women were treated with respect but only after a fashion. Today women fight for equal opportunity but still won't try to do everything for men that men do for women. Double standards.

Anyway, she falls in love with this guy (Simon Baker as Retaux de Vilette), and he helps her as best as he can until he finds out that she is already married (Adrien Brody as Nicolas de la Motte). He's a nutter, and I really liked him. He was true to men of his stature in that day and age; treat women of money with less respect than you would your own wife, because it's quite possible they could be one in the same.

I don't know if the story is true, but it has that that feel to it [It is based on a true story - Director of Intelligence]. It was a decent drama, not crap and not Thunder-worthy. Then, not many are - Thunder-worthy that is - and that seems to be the problem these days. Thunder Awards are being handed out very rarely. Shame, but then maybe that just shows one how well-made a film really is, and not by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's standards...

*Mutters*

Chicago? Puh-lease...

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Disc: Single side, single layer
  • Features:
    • Additional scenes: 11 minutes with commentary
    • Commentary: Charles Shyer
    • Documentaries: HBO's First Look Behind-the-scenes, designing affair (period design of the film)
    • Filmography: Cast and crew
    • Gag reel
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Languages: English, French
  • Picture: Widescreen 16:9
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Security censorship classification

M (Low level violence, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

113 minutes (1:53 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 14 March 2002
DVD retail: 25 September 2002
VHS rental: 25 September 2002
VHS retail: 25 September 2002

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